This just released by Brodsky’s camp.
Earlier this week Willie, Paige, Emily and I were advised by Doctor Robert Weiss, Willie’s nephrologist, that Willie would shortly need a kidney transplant, that I would likely be the donor, and that the operation would take place somewhere in the next thirty to ninety days. In our discussions with Doctor Weiss we had always said that we would do whatever was medically necessary, and that other personal and professional matters would be adjusted accordingly. After further discussion with Doctor Weiss about the preparation time, hospitalization, and recovery time for both Willie and myself, after beginning medical preparation for the operation, and after talking with friends, family, and advisors, it is clear that I cannot continue as a candidate for Attorney General.
Life is full of wonderful opportunities, challenges to be met, things to be enjoyed, and occasions for service to community or family. This is just such a wonderful opportunity. I have had the privilege of public service and been entrusted by the people with significant public responsibilities. It’s been an enjoyable and, I believe, successful tenure. The campaign has similarly been an exceptional and successful effort. I’m now exchanging one extraordinary opportunity for another, and I feel lucky to be able to do so. I believe the people of the State, and those who have supported me in the AG campaign will understand and support this decision.
STATEMENT OF DR. ROBERT WEISS
Willie’s transplant is necessary because of an auto-immune disease. It is always difficult to predict how long an affected kidney will be functional in these circumstances. After a series of tests that concluded this week I was able to definitively advise the Brodskys about the timing of the transplant, and that Richard begin the medical process for qualifying as a donor, as they had asked me to do. I explained that there is always an option of using dialysis, although I did not recommend it. Willie is a healthy, vibrant teenager and this transplant will keep her just that way, and even make her life a little easier. Our ability to successfully transplant kidneys is always dependent on the availability of donors, especially family members, as the availability of cadaver organs is never what we want it to be. I expect that this transplant will be successful and that Willie will continue to grow into a beautiful young woman from the beautiful teenager we see today. She’s a model patient and a terrific kid.