House Minority Leader Lawrence Cafero announced Thursday he will not seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2014.
At a press conference outside the hall of the House, Cafero told reporters he did not want to commit to a time-consuming campaign that would see him spending less time with his family, including his aging parents.
“Being in politics now 28 straight years and also having a law practice, it takes a toll on family,” he said. “. . . I’m not going to insult any of you by saying I want to spend more time with the family. We all would love to do that. But I know this: I don’t want to spend any less time with my family.”
Cafero dismissed a recent Quinnipiac University poll, which found him trailing other Republican candidates, and his appearance in video evidence at a federal corruption trial as factors in his decision.