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State Rep. Ted Vick Withdraws from Congressional Race

Vick was arrested in Columbia Thursday morning with a female student from USC in his car and a pistol in his pocket.

A state representative running for the 7th Congressional District announced his plans to withdraw from the race just one day after .

Rep. Ted Vick, D-Chesterfield, announced on Friday he would end his Congressional campaign.

“After spending time with my family, my pastor and my friends, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Congress," Vick said in a press release. "While I have full confidence that the legal system will clear much of this up, it will not change the fact that I made some serious mistakes that I alone am responsible for. I realize that I have caused pain to those who love and support me and it’s my responsibility to make this right."

Vick, who was arrested in Columbia early Thursday morning, had a female USC student in his car and a pistol in his pocket when an officer took him into custody, according to a police report. 

Vick was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, unlawful carrying of a pistol and speeding. 

Vick said that he will seek re-election in November as a state representative.

Read his full statement below:

“After spending time with my family, my pastor and my friends, I have decided to end my campaign for the United States Congress.

While I have full confidence that the legal system will clear much of this up, it will not change the fact that I made some serious mistakes that I alone am responsible for. I realize that I have caused pain to those who love and support me and it’s my responsibility to make this right.

Now is the time to allow the legal system to work, time for me to concentrate on my family and time for me to focus on the needs of my State House constituents.

I look forward to spending more time at home with my family and constituents. I will humbly seek re-election to the State House in November. If re-elected I will continue to work across party aisles to seek consensus and progress.”

LuvSC May 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Stanley, we finally agree on something. GO RON PAUL!!!!! I don't believe he has a chance at anything but he is the ONLY candidate that makes any sense. NONE of the others have the sense God promised a billy goat. To vote for either Mitt or O is more of the same c@#$. Why do you defend O so strongly if you like the ONLY Choice-RON PAUL? JoSCh, you are right we weren't downsized during WWII, but we sat on our behinds and watched as the German and Japanese War Machines grew bigger and bigger and did nothing but enjoy our overly luxurious lifestyles. You don't let roaches get a foothold in the house and then try and do something. You stop them in the yard! I understand you argument about our technology and keeping it current but there comes a time for "boots on the ground." We can't sit back forever and wiggle joystick controllers and think we will accomplish our goals.(remember the SEALS and Osama? - That weren't no Smart Bomb!) You mentioned Mexico- We are already under unrestrained daily invasion on our southern border and no one seems interested in slowing the flow (if you don't believe it, go visit with some of the ranchers along the border- the news doesn't show the real story.) The draft is a nice thought, only if it can be implemented in time (the rate of speed our government uses, I doubt it.) It worries me that someone in the military doesn't believe that there will ever be another World War just because of technology. Looks like I need some more shells.
JoSCh May 31, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I know that no matter what anyone says you're going to say that poor Americans are "entitled" because you've been brainwashed, but are you REALLY going to stand by "we sat on our behinds and watched as the German and Japanese War Machines grew bigger and bigger and did nothing but enjoy our overly luxurious lifestyles" during the Great Depression? You do know that is what immediately preceded WWII, don't you? FFS. I'm for the sustained or even increased funding of the JSOC and other small mobile forces like the Marines and the Rangers; they along with technologically advanced weaponry are the future of warfare. Fighter Air Force is redundant and infantry Army is unnecessary most of the time and easy to ramp up. I never said that there will never be another WW or that the reason was because of technology. The Mexican "invasion" you talk about has been abating for some time due to the economy and increased application of the law under the current administration. You likely won't acknowledge the truth of this because it directly conflicts with what you've been told and what you trumpet, but according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement the annual number of deportations has been stable but increasing over the last few years: 370,000 in Fiscal Year 2008, 390,000 in FY 2009, 393,000 in FY 2010, and 397,000 in FY 2011. Also, the word unrestrained means something totally different than what you think.
stanley seigler June 01, 2012 at 04:48 AM
@JoSCh: "...I never said that there will never be another WW or that the reason was because of technology. this approach is used by some/many T-GOPs...they attribute a statement to you (anybody) you never made...then try to disprove something you/anyone never said...not sure just what logic fallacy applies...but; in general (beside the ad homeniun fallacy) maybe the following applies... "Argumentum ad Ignorantiam: (appeal to ignorance) the fallacy that a proposition is true simply on the basis that it has not been proved false or that it is false simply because it has not been proved true. This error in reasoning is often expressed with influential [hyperbolic] rhetoric." when their premise is shown to be obviously wrong...T-GOPs just move on to another baseless premise/conclusion...ie, move the goal posts. on the positive side their baseless, unfounded, premises/conclusions provide the opportunity to bring out the facts ...and maybe some minds are changed... sigh...
JoSCh June 01, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Stanley, technically it's a straw man. Poorly constructed, but a straw man nonetheless. And while I want to point out that logical fallacies are used by people of all stripes, I have to admit their use is becoming increasingly prevalent by current GOP supporters. Here hoping the desperation signals we're near the end of the radicalized GOP and a return towards the center and putting country before ideology/party.
stanley seigler June 01, 2012 at 12:51 PM
@JoSCh: "...logical fallacies are used by people of all stripes...a return towards the center..." 'used by all'...for sure...we just need to recognize them all...and; opine: the pendulum is swinging back to center...a bleeding heart (me) hopes it swings center left...progressive over regressive (statu quo) policies.

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