Stec ditches bid for Congress seat

QUEENSBURY - Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec announced Monday he was ending his campaign for the Republican Party nomination for a seat in U.S. Congress.

"I dropped out because of a lack of support - I'm not exactly a household name," he said. "I'm a little disappointed - but nothing ventured, nothing gained."

For weeks, Stec had been making the rounds among county Republican committees in the 20th Congressional district to promote his candidacy, but to date he hadn't received any endorsements.

About two weeks ago, his own Warren County committee voted to choose Tea Party activist Patrick Ziegler of Burnt Hills over Stec for their endorsed candidate.

Ziegler and retired Army colonel Chris Gibson of Kinderhook are the only two candidates now actively seeking the G.O.P. endorsement.

Stec said Monday both were solid choices.

"Both these candidates are capable and qualified," he said. "I'm fine with either one."

David Harper of Saratoga Springs, a former assistant district attorney, dropped out of the race last week.

The winner of the G.O.P. nod would presumably face U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy (D-Glens Falls) in November.

Stec had recently been expressing strong viewpoints, on national issues, reflecting conservative Republican values, .

But Monday, Stec said he was ready to focus on a lot of vital issues in Warren County and his hometown.

Stec, 41, declined to say whether he'd be launching another campaign for Congress in an upcoming election year.

"For the time being, I'll be concentrating on Warren County and Queensbury," he said. "We have a lot of issues here at home to keep us busy."

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