“Back at the end of May, I sent my supporters a letter outlining why a race against Sen. Dick Durbin is so critical and why it will take a different kind of courage and a different kind of candidate to defeat him especially in a state like Illinois. That is still true.
Our Sen. Dick Durbin is at the center of the IRS targeting scandals that have put the country in crisis and he deserves to be defeated. I was exploring this U.S. Senate race against Durbin in 2014 for this reason and others – not the least of which was my personal “encounter” with the Senator a few years ago during a Chicago press conference when he questioned my First Amendment rights as a reporter. Due to its outrageousness, the encounter went viral.
Now, Sen. Durbin is attempting – on a national level – to create a law that would allow the federal government to decide which journalists are “reporters” and which ones have First Amendment protection.
U.S. Sen. Durbin has made the questioning of who and who is not a reporter a national issue and I will continue to challenge him on that issue – but as a member of the media, not as a candidate.
After testing the waters for the last few months and speaking with my supporters around Illinois – I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not the time for me to run for the U.S. Senate. That time may come in the future but the bigger priority now is to keep the pressure on Durbin and educate the public.
In the next few months, I will be announcing a number of different strategies - including the possible formation of an independent political committee – to challenge the established political class who believe government should be used to target U.S. citizens they disagree with.
I want to thank all of my supporters. I look forward to serving the cause for years to come when the time is right.”