Thomas Garrett (R-Va.) will not be seeking re-election this year after he announced he will be taking time off working for the government to get treatment for alcoholism, according to a new report.
According to The Washington Post, Garrett, who is facing a tough challenge from Leslie Cockburn, won’t be running after admitting to being an alcoholic.
But Garrett was also facing problems with his staffers, who he reportedly had them completing chores like driving his daughters and cleaning up his dog’s poop.
“Any person — Republican, Democrat or independent — who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two things: I am a good man and I’m an alcoholic,” Garrett said in a video. “This is the hardest statement that I have ever publicly made by far. It’s also the truth.”
“Sometimes winning means knowing where your priorities should be,” he added. “My devotion to the ideals and beliefs in America has not wavered, but my commitment to be the best husband, father and friend means addressing the only truth I’ve been heretofore unwilling to tell. God has blessed America, and he’s blessed me. I am not dying. I am starting anew with work and dedication.”