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Statement of Representative Marie St. Fleur

"Yesterday was one of the best days of my life and today has been one of the most difficult. At heart, I am a public servant. I have dedicated my entire adult life to public service. It is an absolute privilege to serve the people of Massachusetts and particularly the people of the fifth Suffolk district.

I was eminently honored last Sunday to be asked by Tom Reilly to partner with him to run as the next lieutenant governor of this great state of Massachusetts. In that request I saw the opportunity to speak to the struggles of the many families throughout Massachusetts who work so hard each day to make ends meet - families like mine who recognize their obligations to meet their financial obligations but most often rob Peter to pay Paul.

This year the race for the governor's office is more important than any one individual. I am withdrawing from the race for lieutenant governor. As I do so, I ask that the voices, dreams and hopes of the individuals that I had hoped to bring remain a central part of the democratic message. The desire to enhance the quality of life for families in Massachusetts has been at the center of my career. My family is the most important part of my life. They have not been prepared for this.

I am very proud of my family. We have overcome some very difficult times, and that is why I can empathize with people through out the Commonwealth who have found themselves homeless and in the midst of spiraling financial situations. The message that I would like to leave with everyone is that despite what has happened today, we must continue to work hard as I will, get our arms around our financial issues and make the sacrifices which are necessary to give your children a better future.

Tom Reilly loves Massachusetts. A man of humble origin, he understands the troubles, trials and tribulations that my family and I are still working through. I think the voters of Massachusetts should embrace a governor who had the courage to make a bold statement about the vision he has for Massachusetts. A Massachusetts which is inclusive, a Massachusetts that is focused on struggling and working class families, and most importantly a man with the tenacity to work towards improving those lives. I look forward to working with him on the campaign trail.

I hope to take the next few weeks to get my arms around my family, around some of the concerns which have been raised. I am not going to take any questions now, but I look forward to answering your questions in the near future. I want to express my profound appreciation to my constituents and all the people of this commonwealth who I have the privilege of serving."

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