Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock, whose wife and daughter each face charges for having sexual relationships with the same underage boy, announced yesterday he is withdrawing his name from the running to become the next chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors so he can focus on family matters.
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"Serving as Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is not more important than serving as a father for my daughters who need me and my attention right now," Brock says in a statement.
Brock had been preparing to take over for Supervisor Don Stapley, who has served as chairman over the past year. But his family problems, as you might imagine, have been a bit of a distraction.
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"Despite many months of preparation for the chairmanship that would have started on Thursday, I have asked my very capable colleague Andy Kunasek to assume this role in 2011. He has accepted and I thank him for that.
"We both consider serving the public a tremendous honor and privilege. I know Andy will do a wonderful job as Chairman. I would also like to thank everyone for their prayers and recent words of encouragement, especially my colleagues. All of the sentiments have made a difference. Please continue to think of all those involved, including the victim and his family. We remain deeply grateful for the ongoing prayers for all those involved in this tragedy."
Our hearts go out to Supervisor Brock. Regardless of where you stand politically, what's happened to him seems more like the punchline to a bad joke than something that happens in real life.