Waller exits Congress race, endorses Doheny (update)

LAKE PLEASANT – Jamie Waller announced this morning he is no longer running to represent New York’s 21st Congressional District.

“After much soul searching, I have concluded that the time is not right for me to run for this seat,” Waller said in a press release. “I will, however, continue to find ways to continue my service and commitment to my community, the Adirondacks and the North Country.”

Waller endorsed fellow Republican Matt Doheny of Watertown, a former Wall Street businessman who previously sought the seat in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

“Matt has the strongest work ethic, the proven experience and the record to be a great representative for all of us,” Waller said. “As a true fellow resident of the North Country, I know Matt shares my values and understands the truly dynamic needs of all communities within the 21st.”

Waller said he’s disappointed with Republican candidate Elise Stefanik and her campaign.

“As I encountered her face to face, Elise has shown to be a thoughtful woman of great intellect, yet fails to be truthful,” Waller said. “That she has gone to the airwaves and outright lied about being the ‘only conservative’ in the race is the reason I believe she has acted in a way that is unbecoming of a representative of the 21st Congressional District of New York or any other district for that matter.”

Waller lives in Lake Pleasant in Hamilton County, is a former Marine and worked for Rick Santorum’s 2012 presidential campaign.

Doheny issued a statement this morning, thanking Waller for the endorsement.

“I am proud to have the endorsement of Jamie Waller,” Doheny said. “As a Marine and as a Candidate for Congress, Jamie has shown a true commitment to serving others. He is a true leader and someone I believe has a promising future as a leader and public servant.”