September 3, 2010
After offering to drop out of the 5th District on Tuesday if someone comes forward, Independent candidate Jeff Clark says no one has taken responsibility for compiling and distributing the public records about his financial past. So, Clark announced Thursday evening that he has rescinded the offer to withdraw from the race.
An article in the Daily Progress published on Sunday, August 29 described Clark's financial woes. Clark responded to the article, saying the information was leaked the the paper in an attempt to get him to drop out of the Congressional race.
Clark announced his decision to continue campaigning in an email to the media Thursday afternoon:
"Fellow citizens, as of (Thursday) at 5 pm no one has come forward to claim credit for compiling and distributing the public records dealing with my families finical past and per our 48 hour deadline I am rescinding my offer to withdraw from the race.
I appreciate Congressman Perriello coming forward and addressing this issue head on and making it clear that his campaign had no involvement in compiling or distributing the information.
As of (Thursday) State Senator Hurt’s campaign has not denied involvement. He chose instead to engage in childish insults calling me personally delusional. I am disappointed that Senator Hurt has not issued a simple yes or no answer concerning his campaigns involvement in the compiling and distribution of this material.
I would encourage all people in the 5th district who have had enough of the politics of personal destruction to encourage Senator Hurt to issue an unambiguous statement concerning his or his campaigns involvement in this matter."