Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Outed Idaho House Candidate Withdraws From Election

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 9:40 AM

A Pocatello Democrat, running for the open Seat A in the Idaho House of Representatives District 29, has pulled his name from the November general election ballot. The former campaign manager for Nate Murphy said personal issues prompted the 23-year-old candidate's decision to withdraw from the race.

Murphy was poised to face off with Republican Dave Bowen and Independent Bob Croker on Nov. 6. Murphy had worked as a political consultant for statewide Democrats prior to his candidacy, and had secured endorsements from Senate Minority Leader Edgar Malepeai and Pocatello Democratic Sen. Diane Bilyeu.

In March, Democratic Congressional candidate Nicole LeFavour outed Murphy as being gay, telling The New York Times that Murphy would "be taking up her legacy" at the Statehouse.

But Murphy's former campaign manager said the outing was not the reason for Murphy's departure. The Associated Press reports that Murphy has yet to respond to press inquiries.

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