I am writing to let you know of my decision to suspend my campaign for U.S. Congress in California's 5th District. The tumultuous, unpredictable redistricting cycle, combined with the deference due to incumbents of my own party, required our campaign to remain patient and mostly passive these past two months. Your unflagging support and friendship during this endeavor won't be forgotten, as it was your belief in the merits of my candidacy that fueled our efforts to date. I know Congressman McClintock will be a stalwart proponent for fiscal responsibility, and I endorse his re-election in CD-5.
I would like to thank the future Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and future House Majority Leader, Steve Scalise (R-LA), for their encouragement through this process. Now becomes the time for my contributions to manifest outside of the political arena. To quote a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice, "the most important political office is that of the private citizen," and I plan to continue my engagement on the issues that drive me. I'll weigh in on the pressing national security topics I once confronted at the National Security Council, and I look forward to the next chapter of personal growth in the private sector--which is fundamental to our country's strength.
Politics is a contact sport, and I owe a deep debt of gratitude to my family members and friends who helped sustain me these past few months. I have also benefited greatly in this effort from the perspective of my former boss, ex-National Security Adviser Robert C. O'Brien. His steadying influence and wisdom proved invaluable throughout the last few months. Among others who offered their enthusiastic support, Congressmen Pete Sessions (R-TX), Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Mike Waltz (R-FL) are all patriots in the House of Representatives, and I am grateful for their intelligent counsel. Until we all collaborate again...God Bless you and your families.