Former State Representative Jack Jackson (R-Wildwood) is bowing out of the race for Lieutenant Governor.
Jackson entered the race after Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder announced his intention to run for Governor after Matt Blunt made public his intention to leave the Governor’s Office without seeking a second term. But on February 8th, Kinder did an about face, telling a crowd of Republicans in Springfield he would withdraw from the race for Governor and run for re-election to the state’s number two spot.
Jackson has now decided not to challenge Kinder for the GOP nomination. He will, instead work on efforts to elect Arizona Senator John McCain as the next President.
Jackson insists the decision is his and that he was not under any pressure from the Republican Party to move aside. He says the calls he has received were from people who offered their support. Like McCain, Jackson served in the Vietnam War. Jackson says he was a McCain supporter before it was popular to be one and he will do what he can to help McCain move into the White House.