Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett reportedly not seek re-election: ‘I’m an alcoholic’

Virginia Republican Rep. Tom Garrett announced Monday he was not seeking re-election because of his ongoing battle with alcoholism, according to reports.

The announcement goes simply three days after Garrett reassured voters he was not abandoning his run for a second term in Congress despite a week of commotion, including reports he and his wife turned staffers into his own “personal servants.”

“Any person- Republican, Democrat or independent–who has known me for any period of time and has any integrity knows two things: I am a good man and I’m an alcoholic, ” Garrett told, according to the Washington Post. “This is the hardest statement that I have ever publicly made by far. It’s also the truth.”


Garrett, who represents the 5th District of Virginia , now joins the group of nearly 40 other Republican who are not returning to Congress after the 2018 midterm elections.

Last week, the former Virginia state senator was accused of attaining Congressional staffers pick up groceries, chauffer his children and clean up after his dog, according to a report in Politico.

A spokesman, Matt Missen, said in a statement to Politico that the allegations were “unfounded”.

Garrett was set to face Democratic challenger Leslie Cockburn, who reportedly has raised more fund than the Republican incumbent.

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