Contender for DeLay Seat Quits

Associated Press
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

SUGAR LAND, Tex., Aug. 21 -- Sugar Land Mayor David G. Wallace withdrew Monday as a Republican write-in candidate for the seat vacated by the resignation of former House majority leader Tom DeLay.

His action left the Texas GOP united behind one write-in candidate, Houston City Council member Shelley Sekula-Gibbs. She won the party's endorsement last week.

Wallace previously indicated he would stay in the race despite the party's snub.

"What I am choosing to do at this time is unite with the Republican Party behind one candidate," Wallace said at a news conference. "There is no way that two write-in candidates could win. It would be very difficult and divisive to the Republican Party." He said the party did not pressure him to withdraw.

DeLay won the GOP primary in March. He resigned from Congress in June as he faced increasing scrutiny over ethical troubles, including state money laundering charges and fallout from his association with convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

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