State Representative Dan Brady says he is out as a congressional candidate in the 13th district. After testing the waters, Brady has decided to keep running for a return to the Illinois House and his position as assistant minority leader. The Bloomington Republican says he won't rule out a future entry for a different office, but for now family matters, a new funeral home business partnership and his present responsibilities will keep him in the 105th district . Brady has represented only about five percent of the new 13th district and that may have cost him support in the crowded field that now includes a former Miss America and a former State Agriculture Director. Brady was careful to thank party leaders in the 13th district for their consideration in a statement he released. That contrasts with State Senator Kyle McCarter of Lebanon who has also bowed out. McCarter blasted sitting Congressman Tim Johnson for allegedly planning his withdrawal after the primary to give an advantage to former Chief of Staff Jerry Clarke. Tea Party members have also criticized Johnson for allegedly giving Clarke early warning, noting that Clark registered his campaign web site with Go Daddy dot com in February, well ahead of Johnson's retirement announcement. GOP county chairs will choose a ballot successor to Johnson by mid-May.
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