Haverford committeeman withdraws Congress bid

Posted: January 17, 2008

Less than 24 hours after he announced he was running for Congress, a Delaware County Republican withdrew his name. Joseph Breslin, a Haverford Township committeeman who ran for the County Council last year, initially said he would seek the nomination to oppose Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Sestak independently from the county's Republican Party. But, after learning of the party's choice of former Assistant U.S. Attorney W. Craig Williams, Breslin withdrew, saying he felt Williams was a strong candidate and shared his views.

"This man has credentials," said Breslin. "If Williams would have me, I would be very happy to work on his campaign."

Williams, 43, of Glen Mills, a Marine veteran, was a decorated pilot in the Persian Gulf War, flying 56 combat missions in an F-18, and graduated from Columbia Law School. While in the U.S. Attorney's Office, he prosecuted cases including child abuse, drugs, street crime and fraud. - Mari A. Schaefer

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