Roxbury native and retired Air Force General Tony German announced yesterday that he was withdrawing from the campaign for the congressional seat currently held by Antonio Delgado. In a statement posted to his campaign Facebook page German said:
“To all who have supported my campaign over the last few months, I regret to inform you that I am withdrawing my candidacy in the 19th congressional district of New York. It has truly been a pleasure meeting with you, speaking with you, and working with you in our efforts to get Washington back to work serving the American people.”
German had reportedly advised Republican officials within the district of his intent prior to the post, with one county chair indicating that German had felt the required fundraising would prohibit him from executing a successful campaign. The reason for ending the campaign was not included in German’s statement. However, he did add that… “Ola Hawatmeh is a good friend and strong candidate. She is an outsider with a powerful message and I will be fully supporting her while she continues her campaign. I encourage you to support her efforts just as much as you have mine.”
German, who was well known and liked on the more western parts of the sprawling district (it includes all or parts of 11 counties) like Otsego, Delaware, Schoharie and Broome counties did not enjoy that name recognition in the rest of the district which includes Dutchess, Greene, Columbia, Sullivan, Montgomery, Rensselear and Ulster counties.
Candidate filing deadlines in the race are April 2, 2020 and if needed, a primary election will be held on June 23, 2020.