I have made a decision to leave politics to the politicians and never seek political office again. I was never really a "politician" anyway. We have political leadership in our country that is not focused and we have elected officials who just can't seem to work together to get the right things done. If we ran our hospitals, schools, and businesses like the politicians run Congress, our country would be out of business.
Originally, I saw politics as a way to make a positive difference in other people's lives. I'm very blessed in knowing that I already get to do that every day. I believe my time is best spent focusing on my children and working to improve other people's lives in many ways.
Whether it's the creation of another job, the implementation of an idea that strengthens our ability to take care of people, or whether it's just finding more physicians and clinicians who truly want to work to make a positive difference in people's lives... Or maybe it's giving existing employees the opportunity to reach their highest potential by being supportive and paving the way for their ideas to become reality. I already have the chance to make those differences every single day.
Or maybe it's the chance to spend more time with my kids and helping them get a good start in life. They're already doing that just fine on their own. But maybe they'll let me feel like I am assisting their efforts every so often.
Or maybe it's just time to take an occasional break and see some small corner of the world, to make some new friends, and to enjoy life a little for a change.
The people I met throughout the seven years that I dedicated to an idea of a better nation are incredible. The true heart of our country resides with the incredible people who live here. I have met thousands of you and some of you are just truly amazing people. I am honored to have met you and I truly believed in what I tried to do. Thank You for your kindness and support. I will support strong candidates in the future but I will never be one again. Good Luck. Godspeed.