GOP candidate Armando Gutierrez has dropped out of the race for U.S. Senate. He was running for the seat currently held by Democrat Alan Grayson.
Desperate to get a Republican candidate to run against Grayson, Gutierrez was recruited and moved to Orlando from Miami, where he was facing criticism for his “carpetbagger” status. Grayson is popular for his outspoken views on the Republican Party platform and the GOP is eager to reclaim his seat.
Gutierrez says he is dropping out of the race to try to bring a professional baseball team to Orlando:
“When I first mentioned baseball, I knew it would become an important economic driver and tax base for Central Florida. What I didn’t realize was the underlying hunger and fan fever for a team. Today, I announce that I am withdrawing my bid for Congress and putting on my baseball cap,” Gutierrez said in a statement.
It’s more likely though that he’s dropping out for lack of support.
Gutierrez had been pumping up his fundraising skills and a stream of endorsements. But he lacked support as the leading candidate from national Republicans, who are eager to reclaim the seat from Democrat Alan Grayson of Orlando. He also faced carpetbagger criticism, having recently moved to Orlando from Miami.