AP - Republican Jerry Coffee suspended his primary campaign for the U.S. Senate because of health reasons, his son Jerry Coffee Jr. said.
HONOLULU (AP) - Republican Jerry Coffee suspended his primary campaign for the U.S. Senate because of health reasons, his son Jerry Coffee Jr. said.
The younger Coffee told reporters at state Republican Party headquarters Monday night that his 72-year-old father underwent heart surgery earlier in the day in Texas.
Jerry Coffee Jr. said it was unlikely his father would campaign even if he makes a swift recovery.
Jerry Coffee's name will remain on the ballot of the Sept. 23 primary, along with five other Republicans hoping to unseat Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii.
Coffee, a motivational speaker and a former Vietnam prisoner of war, cut short a humanitarian trip to Africa after his mother-in-law, Eunice Logan, died suddenly July 29 of a stroke. He gave the eulogy at her funeral in Texas on Saturday.
Coffee, who announced his candidacy July 11, had the support of top Republicans, including Gov. Linda Lingle.