"Good morning. Almost five years ago, in the spring of 2005, I began running for governor of
"So we laid out a vision to create a New Energy Economy, to build up other Industries of the Future like aerospace and the biosciences, to reform our education and healthcare systems, and to modernize our transportation system.
"Today, even in the face of the worst recession since the Great Depression, that vision is becoming a reality. We are leading
"It is my privilege and my honor to serve as governor of the greatest state in
"Over the past years, but particularly over this last year, I have attempted to balance many roles in my life. I have been the governor, I have been a candidate for re-election, and I have also been a husband and a father.
"I am proud of my work as governor. I am proud of the direction we are taking this state. I am proud of everyone who works in this administration. I am proud of my campaign, of the staff we have built, and of our re-election efforts.
"It is my family who has sacrificed the most, my wife, Jeannie, my kids, three of whom are here today. I have not found the proper balance where my family is concerned, and I have not made them the priority they should be. So today I'm announcing that I'm ending one of my roles. I am no longer a candidate for re-election this November.
"This will allow me to concentrate on the things that are most important – taking care of my family, and taking care of
"I'm 53 years old. I have been in the public sector or public service for most of the past 30 years. I was a prosecutor right out of law school. Jeannie and I spent three years in
"But I still have one son in college and two children living at home, and they need me. And so does Jeannie.
"While this decision allows me to make my family a priority, it also allows me to focus on keeping the state budget balanced and keeping
"We're in a great position, and we're on the right path. I look forward to spending the next 12 months keeping our budget balanced and our economy growing. We still have a lot of very important work to do."