Conservative Republican congressional candidate Lee Thomas Miller has ended his campaign for Congress in Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, approximately one month after announcing his candidacy.
Miller issued the following statement:
“I am grateful to the friends and complete strangers who have supported my run for congress. I believe that citizens have the ability and right to help shape the direction of our nation. I also think that the people know better what is good for them than does the government.
My amazing wife endorsed this massive challenge under the one condition: that I run as myself without becoming somebody I am not. These are complicated times with complicated and emotional issues. These issues affect real people’s lives. Washington has forgotten this. I looked forward to this race and the opportunity to change things that I think are broken. But as a husband and father it quickly became obvious that this campaign would require me to compromise far more of myself than I would ever be willing.
So, I will end my campaign for U.S. House of Representatives while taking with me the same desire to protect faith, family and freedom that I have always had. I will also go back to using my voice and experience to defend the American songwriter.”
The son of Kentucky tobacco farmer and a small town librarian, Miller is an award-winning songwriter who lives in Williamson County in Tennessee with his wife Jana and their four kids.
He has penned seven No. 1 songs, 12 top 10 songs and earned three Grammy nominations with artists including Trace Adkins, Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Jamey Johnson and Chris Stapleton. Miller recently stepped down from his former post as president of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) in order to run for the seat.
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