BREAKING: Embattled DE Treasurer Withdrawing from Race
By The Associated Press

Updated Friday, August 15, 2014 - 7:06pm

A major announcement from state treasurer Chip Flowers.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports for Delaware 105.9.

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With tears streaming down his face, State Treasurer Chip Flowers announced he will be ending his re-election bid.

The shocking announcement comes after ex-deputy treasurer Erika Benner came out accusing him of harassment. He calls the claims all lies and says he refuses to spend his life looking over his shoulder.

With his fiancee Megan at his side, Flowers announced they'll be moving to Massachusetts.

"A place where my life is not the topic of the paper, but great policy debates and discussions are. In short, a place where I fit in," said Flowers.

Flowers says he will finish out the remainder of his term and properly transition the new state treasurer. He's taking a few weeks off starting now to finish planning for his wedding that's two months away. .

Effective now and for the remainder of his term, Flowers says, "Politics is now my past not my future."

Flowers supporters are disappointed with today's announcement.

State Representative John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, says it's a sad day for Delaware politics.

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Kowalko says he still plans to bring a package of bills proposed by Flowers to increase transparency with the cash management policy board to the General Assembly.

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