Massey bows out of Third Congressional District race

Edgefield Senator Shane Massey will not run for Congress. He was to run in the Republican primary for the Third District seat to be vacated by Gresham Barrett. For the primary, this leaves GOP contenders Rep. Rex Rice, Rep. Jeff Duncan and Richard Cash.
In a statement today, Massey says “In the midst of difficult times for our state, with a budget fight looming in the Senate, I feel the need to remain in the Senate to fight for the people of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda.”A segment of his statement:

In South Carolina, years of poor budgeting have combined with an outdated and inefficient government structure to hold us back and make us more susceptible to economic difficulties. We are right to be concerned and frustrated with Washington, but we should begin our rebuilding here at home.
I have worked hard in my short time in the Senate to make state government more transparent, more efficient, and more responsible. In the midst of difficult times for our state, with a budget fight looming in the Senate, I feel the need to remain in the Senate to fight for the people of Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda.
Additionally, on a much more personal level, I cherish the ability to come home to Edgefield every night and spend time with my wife and daughter. I am unwilling to be an absent father, and I have no desire to raise a family in the cesspool of Washington, D.C.

Read full statement here