Said Vance, “There is not enough time in the day to satisfy the desire and dedication I have to improve the lives of families in Waterbury and across the Fifth Congressional District. ... With so much work still to be done, it is not the right time for me to look to another elected position, I am ending my congressional campaign so that I can continue to help turn around Waterbury at this critical time in the city’s history.”
“I have enjoyed meeting with people throughout the 5th Congressional District and have been energized by the support that I have been given, but mostly I am blessed to have become friends with many very caring people who are concerned about the direction of our country,” said Vance.
“While Sen. Christopher Murphy and I may have disagreed over issues,” said Vance, “we both agree that we need a change in the direction of this Country and in the Fifth District of Connecticut. I will endorse and work for the Democratic nominee, and have released my committed convention delegates asking that we all come together to support the nominee.” (Paul Vance Press Release 2/21/2006)
Just who that nominee will be has become a bit murkier with rumors about Bill Curry possibly entering the race, but at this point all signs are atill pointing to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Cheshire), who was early on the favorite of national Democrats and built a huge lead in fundraising over Vance.
No matter who the nominee is, the 5th District race is expected to generate national attention, and could end up being closer than it has in years.
As for Vance, he remains popular in his hometown of Waterbury (he was the top vote-getter in the aldermanic races in November), so it's likely we'll see him again.
Paul Vance Press Release. "Vance Withdraws From Fifth District Congressional Campaign." 21 February, 2006.