News release/statement from state Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden
DRESDEN, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2016– A lot has been said, both negative and positive, about the fact that I am praying heavily over the decision of whether or not to run for Congress rather than just jumping in like a typical politician that smells blood in the water.
In my heart, I know that every decision I make must be guided by His grace, mercy and plan, as well as, my wife Ellie and our family. The decision to run for U.S. Congress shouldn’t be made in a split second. We are talking about a job that requires one soul acting as the voice of hundreds of thousands of people. This is a job that requires sacrifice, bravery, courage, grit, love, faith, grace; and most of all, a persistent will to stand firm when the wind is at your face. Do I believe I’m capable of that? Absolutely. However, to me, the idea of deciding (within mere moments of hearing Congressman Fincher isn’t running for reelection) to run for Congress without truly taking the time to fall on my knees and pray to God for his guidance with family and friends seems self-entitled and reckless. I simply am not that person.
I owe my family, friends, current constituents, as well as, potential future constituents more than that. These individuals deserve to be represented by someone that believes in something much more than their own ego and political agenda. I know that I cannot, nor should I make this decision on my own. At the end of the day, my family surrenders to a higher power. We surrender to His will and not our own.
If my wife Ellie and I decide to jump in this race with our family, I can promise you one thing… It’s because we have taken the time to humble ourselves before our Lord and pray that it’s the right thing to do for our community. And if we don’t jump in, it’s because we’ve taken the time to humble ourselves before the Lord and it’s simply not where He is calling us to go. Either way, we continue to love and value each and every one of you, and continue to pray that West Tennessee will be represented by someone that shares our values.
Note: Those jumping almost instantly into the race after U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher announced he would not seek reelection were George Flynn, a millionaire who has unsuccessfully run for Congress previously; state Sen. Brian Kelsey, R-Germantown; former U.S. Attorney David Kustoff, Shelby County Register Tom Leatherwood; and Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar.