I don’t think I’ve been this sad about a political exit since Stephen Colbert dropped his bid for the 2008 presidency.
“In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives. A 2006 legal issue has arisen that needs my immediate attention. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling. If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011. So, given that possibility, I have chosen to withdraw my name as a candidate in 2010. I will continue to contribute to my community and ensure that we have a capable candidate to run for my district in November.”
The decision will definitely give Sonnen more time to prepare for his August 7 fight against middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117.
“That is true, but I wanted to be clear about why I was pulling out of the race,” Sonnen said.
I’m not much of an expert on American law, but about 15 minutes of research on the internet tells me that there are only three requirements you need to meet to run for the House of Representatives and they all relate to your age and where you live. A bribery charge only puts you out of the Oregon race if it’s related to the election, and past that you can still run if you’ve got a criminal record. But that’s just pesky constitution talk – who knows how these things work out in real life? I’m oh so sure Chael Sonnen wouldn’t bend the truth about this. Everything else, sure. But lying about something as sacred as politics makes bald eagles and Ronald Reagan’s ghost cry.