Bolaños drops out of congressional race (12:35 p.m.)
Article Launched:10/19/2006 12:27:36 PM MDT
SAN ANTONIO -- Democratic congressional candidate Rick
Bolaños said today he is dropping out of the race to
unseat Republican incumbent Rep. Henry Bonilla.
Bolaños said lack of funding was a factor, and that
the six Democrats running would split the vote and
give Bonilla, 52, an advantage.
"I took one for the team," Bolanos said.
Bolaños, 57, was the sole Democratic nominee in
District 23, which includes part of El Paso County,
before a Supreme Court decision forced a redrawing of
the district in August to fix a violation of the
Voting Rights Act. The reconfiguration required a
special election, set for Nov. 7, and threw the race
Seven candidates, including Bolaños, filed to run
Still in the race are Democrats Ciro Rodriguez, 59, a
former congressman; San Antonio businessman Lukin
Gilliland, 55, who has poured half a million dollars
of his own money into the race; August Beltran, 58;
Adrian De Leon, 31; and Albert Uresti, 51. Independent
Craig T. Stephens, 47, is also running.
Bolaños said he was endorsing Gilliland and was
critical of the other Democrats in the race, calling
them "greedy" and "vultures."