Breaking news from Jon Murray at the Indy Star, David Orentlicher has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nod for Marion County Prosecutor.
Here is the statement released by Orentlicher from Jon Murray's story:
During the past six months, I have seriously considered running for prosecutor of Marion County. I believe I could bring much to the task--my experience in writing criminal laws, spearheading a policy task force on crime in Indianapolis, and even sitting as a judge pro tem in Marion County criminal court. I also know that I have the kind of vision and integrity to build a more effective prosecutor's office, one that is both tough on crime and truly fair to all residents of Marion County.
Many people have helped me in this pursuit, and I am humbled by their support. Indeed, as my financial report indicates, we were well on our way to marshalling the resources necessary for a successful campaign.
But I believe very much in party unity and do not want to see a divisive campaign. It is important for the Democratic Party that we coalesce quickly around our nominee for November so that we can elect the next prosecutor for our great county. Accordingly, I have decided not to pursue any further the office of Marion County prosecutor this year.
Instead, I announce today my support for Terry Curry. Terry will do much to make our community a safe place to live, work, and play. He will provide the necessary leadership and inspiration to restore the utmost professionalism, integrity, and fairness to the prosecutor's office. Terry will be a top notch prosecutor, and I look forward to working with him in the coming months to make sure that he is elected.
This news definitely shakes up the race in which Curry is already the clear front runner. I wonder how this will affect Greg Bowes' plan to run against the slate in May's primary?