- The Washington Times - Monday, August 30, 2004

RICHMOND, Va. — Republican U.S. Rep. Edward L. Schrock abruptly announced today that he will not seek a third term, citing unspecified allegations that have “called into question” his ability to serve.

Mr. Schrock said in a five-paragraph statement that he has “come to the realization that these allegations will not allow my campaign to focus on the real issues facing our nation.”

The release said he would not comment further on his decision, nor did he comment specifically on the allegations.

Mr. Schrock’s decision leaves the Republicans scrambling to field another candidate to oppose Democrat David B. Ashe in the conservative district, which includes Norfolk and the resort city of Virginia Beach.

“Wow. I had not heard that. That’s really something,” said Mr. Ashe, a lawyer, in a telephone interview.

Mr. Schrock, 63, a retired Navy officer and Vietnam veteran, was elected to the seat in a 2000 Republican sweep of Virginia in an area that is home to the world’s largest U.S. naval base.

In January 2001, Mr. Schrock was elected president of the Republican House freshman class and landed a seat on the House Armed Services Committee.

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