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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 7:17 pm

Wise exits GOP race for Congress

Brian Francisco | Washington editor

Scott Wise announced Saturday that he has dropped out of the race for the 2016 Republican nomination for the U.S. House seat representing northeast Indiana.

Wise said in an emailed statement that he found that his "career and family leave little time, focus, or energy to campaign for Indiana’s 3rd U.S. House seat."

His departure reduces the field of GOP candidates to four: state Sens. Jim Banks of Columbia City and Liz Brown of Fort Wayne, former Wisconsin state Sen. Pam Galloway of Warsaw and farming executive Kip Tom of Leesburg.

Todd Nightenhelser of Huntington and Tommy Schrader of Fort Wayne seek the Democratic nomination in the heavily Republican district.

Third-term Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, is running for an open U.S. Senate seat in 2016.

Wise, a manufacturing manager and a former member of the Whitley County Council, would have been a long shot at best in the GOP primary election. Running as a Libertarian, he collected 4.1 percent of the vote to finish a distant third to Stutzman in the 2014 general election. Wise also ran for the 3rd District seat in 2008 and 2010.

Wise has not filed a campaign finance report this year with the Federal Election Commission, indicating he had raised little if any money since announcing his candidacy in May. The FEC website shows that Wise never filed a statement of candidacy nor a campaign finance report in any of his races for Congress.

Wise’s statement Saturday said he "remains steadfast in his views that America is on the wrong path, and that the right path for America is a constitutional path that ensures a limited federal government, and guarantees individual rights." 

bfrancisco@jg.net