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Brendan Mullen announces he will not run in 2016

Former Congressional candidate Brendan Mullen announced Friday that he will not run for Congress in 2016. He released the following statement explaining his decision.

Since November, Suzanne and I have heard from Hoosiers on a daily basis who are tired, frustrated, and simply discouraged by the status quo, but most importantly they share my optimism that Congress and Washington can and should do better.  Thus, it is hard not to think about heeding those calls to serve our country again.

However, after a great deal of thought, deliberation and quiet reflection, Suzanne and I have decided not to run for Congress in 2014. The Hoosier values of service and integrity that inspired us to run for Indiana's 2nd Congressional District in 2012 do not fade in defeat, but will always push me to be an active voice within our community. Additionally, I look forward to being an active participant in helping hold our elected officials accountable, and will do everything I can to make sure the Democratic nominee is successful in 2014.

For the many Hoosiers who invited me into their homes, their places of work, and their place of worship I cannot thank you enough for having an open and honest conversation about the many challenges our friends and our neighbors face every day.

For the many supporters who knocked countless doors, made thousands of telephone calls, and supported our campaign, I am deeply moved and grateful. It's a true testament to the power of good, hard-working, and motivated people that our first-time campaign nearly toppled the institution of a career politician.

For now, I'm enjoying quality time with my with amazing and talented wife, cooking dinner, doing the laundry, and trying desperately to potty-train our 2 year old daughter, Lilly, and helping teach our 11 month old daughter, Frankie, how to walk.

I'm also continuing work to expand my small business focused on hiring and supporting veterans and their families, and starting later this month, I am excited to be starting my Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame.

I'm not sure what the future holds, but in the meantime I've got diapers to change, dinner to prepare, and payroll to process.

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