Sister of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer drops out of New York congressional race

November 30, 2023

The sister of Michigan Democratic Gov. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently removed herself from a House race in New York.

According to Politico, Liz Whitmer Gereghty made the announcement this week in a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

Whitmer Gereghty endorses former Democratic Rep. Mondaire Jones

"Uniting our party and focusing our resources on taking back the House is critical to fighting back against the radical extremism plaguing our politics," Whitmer Gereghty declared.

"I remain committed to doing everything possible to elect Democrats across the board in 2024, especially here in NY-17," she insisted.

Whitmer Gereghty, who is currently a Katonah-Lewisboro School Board member, threw her support behind fellow Democrat Mondaire Jones, who formerly served for a single term in Congress.

Jones "honored" to receive endorsement from Whitmer Gereghty

Jones is challenging Republican Rep. Mike Lawler, someone Whitmer Gereghty accused of being "more interested in regulating women than the weapons of war flooding our nation."

Jones responded to Thursday's endorsement from Whitmer Gereghty's by putting out a statement of his own via email.

"I am honored to announce that she is endorsing me and throwing her full support behind my effort to defeat Mike Lawler, retake the House majority, and save American democracy from the threats posed by MAGA extremism," Jones wrote. 

"I am grateful for Liz’s contributions on the Katonah-Lewisboro school board and applaud her for stepping up to be a candidate in this important race," he continued.

"Over the next year, I look forward to working together to once again give the Lower Hudson Valley the representation it deserves in Congress," the House candidate went on to add.

Lawler: "Running for office is not for the faint of heart"

For his part, Lawler said he wants "to wish Liz Gereghty the best" while acknowledging that "[r]unning for office is not for the faint of heart."

"While there is much we disagree on, I appreciate her willingness to put her name forward and get in the arena. That Liz did not find traction in today’s Democratic Party speaks volumes," he concluded.

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