Image from Brendan Doherty's Facebook page.
By Kim Kalunian, WPRO News
Former Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty announced today that he will not run for Governor in 2014, despite rumors that the former Superintendent of the State Police would toss his hat into the ring.
In a statement released Friday, Doherty also said he would not seek any other office next year.
“While I appreciate the support and willingness of many to support me in a potential campaign for Governor, after a long race for Congress and a longer career serving Rhode Island in the State Police, I am looking forward to spending time with my family, while continuing to make Rhode Island a better place through my work with charitable organizations, youth outreach and other non-political endeavors,” he said.
He continued, “I had ambivalent feelings about arriving at this decision because I am so grateful for all the support I have received from family, friends, hard-working volunteers and those who continue to offer their support and urge me to continue in the political arena. I am hopeful, however, that Rhode Islanders will continue to demand more from their elected officials by making decision that allow us to move forward a business friendly state, this creating an environment for economic growth that will sustain us for generations to come.”
Spokesman Tony Bucci said Doherty's decision was based solely on being able to spend more time with his family and working in the private sector; his potential opponents, said Bucci, had nothing to do with it.
Despite Doherty ruling out a 2014 run, Bucci said Doherty's decision isn't permanent and he could make another run in the future.
Doherty was defeated by incumbent Congressman David Cicilline in last fall's election. His departure from the gubernatorial race will clear the way for likely Republican candidate, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.