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S.C. Rep. Andy Patrick (RINO-S.C.) gave up his campaign to become the next statewide Superintendent of Education – and will not seek another term as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives.

Patrick made the announcement following a series of reports published on FITS in recent weeks –¬†reports which exposed a myriad of financial, legal and personal problems for the second-term lawmaker.

“The reason I entered the race for Superintendent, and politics in general, was because I wanted to ensure that my children, and the thousands like them across South Carolina, received the best education and future possible,” Patrick said in a statement. “But over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly clear that before I can continue my service to my state, I must first ensure that my children have their dad by their side during a very difficult time for our family. I am committed to working on behalf of my constituents and all South Carolina families, but at this time a campaign is not best for my children. I ask for your prayers, not for me but for my five children, and respect for their privacy during this difficult time.”

How difficult a time is it for Patrick?

Take a look at his wife’s affidavit in their divorce case – which was improperly sealed last year by a South Carolina judge at the request of Patrick’s attorney, S.C. Rep. Doug Brannon (RINO-Spartanburg).

Or look at his father-in-law, who had threatened to run against Patrick claiming his son-in-law stiffed him in the amount of roughly $170,000.

Yeah … it’s safe to say dude’s got other things on his plate at the moment.

Patrick’s decision comes less than forty-eight hours after he professed his good character to The (Hilton Head, S.C.) Island Packet.

“I am confident that when the facts are laid out in the court of law, the statements against me that have been made, not just in sworn affidavits but in the media, will be proven false,” Patrick said.