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Pa. Rep. Brennan wants name off ballot, plans to finish term

Pa. lawmaker charged with DUI won't seek another term

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A state representative charged with DUI and assault announced Wednesday that he wants his name off November's ballot.

Pa. Rep. Joseph Brennan, D-Lehigh and Northampton counties, was arrested Aug. 15 on charges he beat his wife and then drove while drunk.

On Wednesday, Brennan issued the following statement:

"Those of us in recovery understand that there is no perfection. Recovery is a daily struggle and one cannot afford to let his or her guard down. I continue to work on my recovery day by day. It is the hardest thing I have had to do in my life. As I continue this process, it will be better for me and my family to not also have to deal with the challenges of a political campaign.

"I have been privileged to represent the 133rd District for the past six years, but today I am submitting a request to remove my name from the November ballot.

"I will remain in office until the conclusion of my term on Nov. 30 and my offices will remain open and staffed to help constituents deal with state government.

"I truly regret the entire situation. I understand the public's interest in this because of the office I hold, but I hope that people will balance that with my family's need for privacy during a painful and difficult time."

Rick Daugherty, chairman of the Lehigh County Democratic Party, said the names of a number of people have been thrown around as a replacement for Brennan on the ballot, but there's no front-runner.

As a condition of Brennan's bail, he is not allowed to have contact with his wife or return to the family home.

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