State Sen. Brian Kelsey announces departure
Embattled state Sen. Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), who has been indicted on federal campaign finance charges, announced last week he would not seek reelection.
Why it matters: Kelsey, 44, had been one of the Tennessee GOP's rising stars before he was accused of illegally funneling money from his state campaign to an ill-fated Congressional bid.
- Federal prosecutors revealed the charges against him last October. He denied the allegations and called the case "a political witch hunt."
- Kelsey was first elected to the General Assembly as a House representative in 2004.
What he's saying: Kelsey's federal trial is set for next January, but he did not mention the case while announcing his decision.
- "I will not be running for reelection due to a recent, exciting change to my personal life, and I look forward to spending more time with my family," Kelsey tweeted.
- Kelsey said he hoped voters would support him if he runs for elected office "in the coming years," although he did not provide more details.
Between the lines: Opponents had already lined up against Kelsey in the election set for later this year, including in the Republican primary, per the Tennessee Lookout.
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