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Another Democrat Has Decided Not To Run For Congress Over Fundraising Concerns

Sue Sullivan becomes the second Democrat this week to drop out over fundraising concerns.

Democrat Sue Sullivan adds her name to the growing list of Democrats who have dropped out of a race to unseat an incumbent Republican over fundraising concerns.

Sullivan announced in June that she would be challenging Rep. John Faso (R-NY), but after weak fundraising numbers, Sullivan decided on Tuesday to end her bid.

According to the last financial disclosure report, Sullivan raised just $54,519.77 in the first six months of 2017.

“So many friends, neighbors and family members have supported me, believed in me and stood with me. Along the way, I’ve met people throughout the 19th Congressional District who inspire me and share my vision for the future,” Sullivan said in a statement.

“I’ve made the decision to withdraw my candidacy after assessing my ability, as a first-time candidate, to raise the resources necessary to win this election. We live in a political fundraising environment that dictates more time is spent on raising money than talking to people about the issues that affect our lives,” she added.

The Hudson Valley 360 reported that this move comes as a surprise because:

“Sullivan was gaining recognition as she shadowed several Faso appearances, including a meeting with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and bogarting attention by asking the last question at a Town Hall event with Faso in Esopus at the end of August.”

Sullivan isn’t the first Democrat to drop out of a Congressional race over fundraising concerns.

Just last week New York Democrat Erin Cole announced that she would be ending her congressional campaign against Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) over what she called “obscene” fundraising demands made by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

It is unknown if the DCCC pressured Sullivan out of the race to clear the way for Democrat Brian Flynn, who has raised over $250,000 in the first half of 2017.