Peter Cappuccilli, Jr., R-25, notified party officials on March 25 that he would withdraw his name from consideration as a candidate for Congress in the 25th Congressional District. Effective immediately, Cappuccilli will no longer campaign nor will he actively seek the Republican Party nomination in the race to succeed retiring Congressman James T. Walsh, R-25.
Cappuccilli made the decision after consulting with his doctors and his family after recently experiencing a Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), commonly known as a "warning stroke" or "mini stroke".
Cappuccilli, 57, of Geddes had psuffered a TIA approximately one year ago. As a result, Cappuccilli's doctors prescribed medication and suggested that he alter his diet and add exercise to his daily regimen of activity. After following his doctor's recommendations, Cappuccilli was feeling great and had not experienced any additional symptoms.
However, after recently experiencing progressively worsening episodes, similar to those that accompanied the original TIA, Cappuccilli's family urged him to consult with his physicians. As a result, Cappuccilli underwent testing at a hospital in West Palm Beach, Florida where he and his family were visiting his parents for the Easter holiday.
Hospital doctors have suggested that he take the symptoms as an early warning and told him that his health should be his number one priority at this time without stressful distractions which are a contributing factor to his recurring episodes. At his family's request, Cappuccilli has decided that he must concentrate on his health and not the rigors of the upcoming campaign.
"I do not think that it is fair to my family, my friends and supporters, the party or the residents of this district who are about to make a very important decision about their future representative in Congress, for me to continue this campaign while distracted by health concerns," Cappuccilli said in a press release.
All scheduled fundraisers are cancelled and all contributions will be returned in accordance with Federal Election Law.