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December 9, 2018

Virginia lawmaker Tom Garrett reveals drinking problem, quits congressional reelection bid

May 29, 2018
Rep. Tom Garrett, R-Va., will not seek re-election for his congressional seat. (Tom Williams/AP)

A Virginia congressman under fire for reportedly forcing staff to run errands and clean up dog poop said Monday he is an alcoholic and will not seek reelection.

Rep. Tom Garrett, 46, called it quits on his cash-strapped bid for a second House term, saying he will focus on his family and his struggle with alcoholism.

The Republican and Freedom Caucus member denied a Politico report Friday that he and his wife made staffers drive his daughter to school and clean up after Sophie — the family dog.

Garrett slammed the report as “half truths and lies” in a video statement, which was provided to the Washington Post.

“These attacks aren’t true and I can prove that,” Garrett said, without elaborating.

He then revealed his drinking problem and decision to withdraw from the race.

“Life is about priorities and values. And for the most part I am proud of mine. There is one area that I haven’t been honest,” the lawmaker said, overcome with emotion. “I am a good man and I am an alcoholic.”

Garrett did not explain how long he had been struggling with alcohol.

Former staffers reportedly saw Garrett drinking in his D.C. office, according to Politico.

The former prosecutors and state senator raised the least amount of cash for a Republican incumbent. He was slated to face off with Democrat Leslie Cockburn.

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