Jack Ryan to drop from Ill. Senate Race?

Jack & Jeri RyanIt looks like Jack Ryan is being pressured by the GOP to drop out from the race. CNN has the details in Sources: Ryan dropping out of Senate race in Illinois:

Ryan, the sources said, will formally drop out later Friday.

On Thursday, an aide said Ryan was “assessing his options” about whether to continue his election bid amid allegations that he visited sex clubs with his then-wife, actress Jeri Ryan.

Ryan, abruptly canceled a planned Thursday trip to Capitol Hill, where Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tennessee, expressed his disappointment in the allegations and pointedly declined to offer words of support for Ryan.

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Jeri Ryan, who starred in the TV shows “Boston Public” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” said in a written statement that she now considers her ex-husband “a friend” and has “no doubt that he will make an excellent senator.” But she has not disavowed the account she gave in court papers.

Frist called the allegations “disappointing” Thursday, and said Ryan must make any decision about his continued viability in the race himself.

I think they are disappointed that he wasn’t satisfied with banging the hot Jeri Ryan, and had to screw it up by taking her to sex clubs. What a fool.

UPDATE: Confirmed (thanks Angry Finger). The Associated Press has a statement on from Ryan in Illinois’ Jack Ryan Abandons Senate Bid:

“It’s clear to me that a vigorous debate on the issues most likely could not take place if I remain in the race,” Ryan, 44, said in a statement. “What would take place, rather, is a brutal, scorched-earth campaign – the kind of campaign that has turned off so many voters, the kind of politics I refuse to play.”

Sources: Ryan dropping out of Senate race in Illinois [CNN]
Illinois’ Jack Ryan Abandons Senate Bid [AP/Yahoo!]


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