Ed Marksberry to drop out of Democratic U.S. Senate primary to run as independent

09/23/2013 11:38 AM

U.S. Senate candidate Ed Marksberry told Pure Politics on Monday that he will drop out of the Democratic primary and plans to change his registration to run next year as an independent.

Marksberry will make a formal announcement at a press conference in Louisville at 5:30 p.m.

He also said he has dropped the lawsuit he brought against the Kentucky Democratic Party this summer in which he challenged the party for sending out a fundraising email that touted the Senate candidacy of Alison Lundergan Grimes. The party’s bylaws forbid the organization from picking a side during a Democratic primary. Marksberry faced a filing deadline in court on Friday.

“I told my attorney that we’re just going to drop it. You’re not going to spend any more of my money on this. I’m a poor boy,” he said, then chuckled. “I’m going to try to get away from the suit and the grumblings about the Democratic Party.”

Marksberry has not yet changed his registration but must do so before Dec. 31.

“This is a press conference to announce what our intent is,” Marksberry said, adding that he would outline his reasons at the press conference later Monday.

As an independent, Marksberry must collect at least 5,000 signatures to submit to the Kentucky Board of Elections by August 2014.

Marksberry said he informed Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman Dan Logsdon about his decision on Friday. And Marksberry stopped by the Daviess County Democratic Rally social reception before the speaking event to tell select local party leaders as well. Marksberry left the event before Grimes arrived and before the speeches began.

About Ryan Alessi

Ryan Alessi joined cn|2 in May 2010 as senior managing editor and host of Pure Politics. He is now pursuing an advanced degree in non-fiction writing from Murray State University and is a regular contributor to Pure Politics. Ryan has covered politics for more than 14 years, including seven years as a reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader. Ryan can be reached at purepolitics@twcable.com or @mycn2 on Twitter.

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