Virginia Rep. Garrett announces he is an alcoholic and won’t seek re-election

Rep. Thomas Garrett (R-Va.), a member of the conservative Freedom Caucus, said on Monday that he is an alcoholic, and will not run for re-election in the fall because he wants to focus on his recovery. Garrett, 46, is a former state senator and Army veteran, and won his 2016 election by 16 percentage points, but he was facing a strong challenge from his Democratic opponent, journalist and author Leslie Cockburn. Last week, Politico interviewed former staffers who said Garrett and his wife, Flanna, ordered them to do personal errands for the couple, like walk their dog and bring in their groceries, which is against House ethics rules.

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