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Delaware state senate candidate suspends campaign after criminal investigation

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October 15, 2012

By Jennifer Springer


DOVER, Delaware: Delaware State Senate candidate Eric R. Bodenweiser officially suspended his campaign on October 12, 2012 citing personal reasons.[1] Bodenweiser notified State Republican Party Chairman John Zigler by email on October 12, 2012 that he was suspending his campaign, according to Sussex County Republican Committee communications director Duke Brooks.[1]

The announcement came after rumors that he was the target of a Delaware State Police investigation and he proceeded to miss several campaign events.[2]

“Because of personal consideration and distractions and for the well being of my family, I have decided to suspend my campaign for the Delaware State Senate in the 19th District. I deeply regret the position in which this puts my supporters and the Delaware State Republican Party," Bodenweiser wrote in an email to Republican party officials.[2]

The alleged investigation centers around allegations of possible serious criminal conduct by Bodenweiser about 20 years ago.[3] Spokesmen for the Delaware State Police and attorney general’s office refused to confirm any investigation involving Bodenweiser.[3]

Bodenweiser was set to run against Democratic nominee Jane Hovington for the 19th District seat.[3] Earlier in October, Republican and former Georgetown Mayor Brian Pettyjohn declared himself a write-in candidate for the seat.[3] Bodenweiser gained the support of 2010 Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell after he defeated incumbent Joseph Booth in the September 11, 2012 primary.[2]

According to state Elections Commissioner Elaine Manloveit, is unlikely the Republican party will be able to replace Bodenweiser on the ballot, citing campaign laws that require the candidate to be physically or mentally incapacitated to be replaced.[2] “Because Eric has suspended and not terminated his campaign, right now the Sussex Republican Committee is not making any specific judgments as to what we will do regarding Eric’s candidacy or the write-in candidacy of Brian Pettyjohn,” said Sussex County Republican Committee spokesman Dude Brooks.[4]

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