John T. Frey, the clerk of the Fairfax County Circuit Court since 1992, and Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general since last December, has announced he is withdrawing from the race.
In a statement on his website, Facebook page, Twitter account and who knows where else, Frey said that although he’d been in the race for nearly a year, “Both of my opponents have been campaigning statewide for a significantly longer time than I have,” referring to state Del. Rob Bell of Charlottesville and state Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg. “They have used that extra time well, and should be commended.”
Though Democrats demanded last year that Frey resign his circuit clerk’s job, he declined. He will hold that post at least until 2015 (circuit clerks are elected to eight-year terms). State Sen. Mark Herring of Loudoun (and part of Fairfax) and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax (of Annandale) are running for the Democratic nomination in next year’s general election to succeed Centreville’s Ken Cuccinelli, who has declared his intentions for the governor’s race. The Democrats also demanded he resign as attorney general. He also declined.
Frey did not return a message seeking comment Monday.
H/T: Zachary Kitts, Fairfax