Only one week after entering the race to run against Robin Vos, Robert Prailes dropped out of the race this morning after alleged attacks on his family.  Prailes' Facebook page held the following statement today:

Last week, I announced I would be running to represent the 63rd District in the Wisconsin State Assembly. Since the announcement, the outpouring of support has been nothing short of amazing, with people jumping into action to offer words of encouragement, help collect signatures, and raise money. I am so thankful for all of the support I received from family, friends, and our community.

Unfortunately, my family has also been the target of some really ugly and personal attacks. I quickly realized that I am not the type of person who thrives in this type of situation, and that I had not adequately prepared my family for the consequences that would arise from my candidacy. I started to feel like we were watching everything that we care about as a family and a community slip away, and I wasn’t going to be able to be myself on the campaign trail knowing that my family’s health and happiness could be jeopardized. It is for these reasons that I feel it is the best course of action for my family for me to step aside today, before things get worse.

To all who have supported me and who were excited for a more positive and productive politics, I am truly sorry for letting you down.

To the countless people who have donated money to our campaign in the last week, we have already started the refund process. You will be hearing from us personally to make sure that you have received a full refund.

In the end, I think the overwhelmingly positive response of the last week shows that there is a thirst for civility and service before self-interest that has been sorely lacking from our politics. We need to continue to work to set aside the partisanship that has made things so ugly and dysfunctional, and focus on finding the good in each other again.

Again, thank you for the support, and I am truly sorry to disappoint you.


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Steve Hanson

Steve is a web designer and recently retired from running the hosting and development company Cruiskeen Consulting LLC. Cruiskeen Consulting LLC is the parent company of Wis.Community, and publication of this site continues after his retirement.

Steve is a member of LION Publishers and the Local Media Association, is active in Health Dunn Right, and is vice-president of the League of Women Voters of the greater Chippewa Valley

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