GOP Candidate Admits Affair, Suspends Campaign

A state Senate candidate from western New York is stepping away from her campaign after acknowledging an extramarital relationship that she says began this month.

Gia Arnold announced her decision Wednesday with a letter posted on her Facebook page.

While she's suspending her campaign, Arnold says she's not dropping out. Her name will appear on next month's Republican primary ballot and Arnold says that she'll serve if elected.

Arnold says she separated from her husband after beginning the affair Aug. 1.

"I had an affair on August 1st and four days later I left my husband," Arnold told the New York Daily News. "I wanted to go public with the information, just because it was heavy on my conscience and I am strong for honesty and integrity and always telling the truth and I felt it was important as a public figure that the public was aware of what was going on.”

She tells The Associated Press she decided to publicize her personal difficulties because she had run on a platform of honesty and transparency.

Arnold faces North Tonawanda Mayor Robert Ortt in the Sept. 9 primary. Democrat Johnny Destino (dehs-TEE'-noe) is also running to replace retiring Republican Sen. George Maziarz.

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