Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett Admitted 'He's an Alcoholic'
VIRGINIA — May 30, 2018
Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett announced to voters he was not seeking re-election because of his, recently revealed, long-term battle with alcoholism.
It happened after his staffers complained about Tom Garrett and his wife. The family was caught sending staffers to go shopping, and also sent them to fetch the congressman’s clothes and clean up after their pet dog Sophie. Thus, turning staffers into their own “personal servants.”
The announcement on Garretts decision to withdraw appeared just three days after he reassured voters he was not abandoning his run for a second term in Congress.
“Any person — Republican, Democrat or independent — who has known me for any period and has any integrity knows two things: I am a good man, and I’m an alcoholic,” said Garrett “This is the hardest statement that I have ever publicly made by far. It’s also the truth.”
He added “sometimes winning means knowing where your priorities should be. And now this isn't an ending for me or my values of service to my fellow man; it's just a new beginning.”
Virginia's Republican party Chairman John Whitbeck thanked Garrett for his job.
“On behalf of Republicans around Virginia and especially in the Fifth District, we thank Tom Garrett for his service. Substance abuse is a serious issue that reaches even to the halls of Congress. Tom has tremendous courage for bringing his own struggle to light. We wish him and his family all the best.”
The Fifth District Committee will begin the process of choosing a replacement nominee immediately, which could be Leslie Cockburn.