Syracuse, NY - Peter Cappuccilli Jr., the Republican candidate seeking Rep. Jim Walsh's seat in Congress, withdrew from the race today. Cappuccilli had been the sole Republican candidate for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Walsh, R-Onondaga. Republican Randy Wolken announced March 13 that he was dropping his name from contention, and urged Republicans to unite around Cappuccilli.
Dan Maffei, who came within about 3,400 votes of beating Walsh in 2006, is the sole Democratic candidate in the race. Maffei, reached late tonight, declined comment on Cappuccilli's withdrawal.
The decision came after doctors warned Cappuccilli, 57, about his health, said his campaign spokesman, Kurt Stroman. Cappuccilli recently experienced medical symptons similar to those that accompany a transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke, Stroman said.