“由于我所做的选择和做出的决定不符合我或我的家人的最大利益，我不会成为候选人,” 美林, 57, 在接受电话采访时告诉美联社. Merrill declined to go into much detail but had told media outlet al.com that he had an inappropriate relationship with a woman outside his marriage.
Merrill announced his decision in a statement issued from his office. The announcement ended speculation that Merrill might run for the U.S. Senate or another position next year.
在 2019, 美林 宣布 a run for Alabama’s other 我们. 参议院 座位, but dropped out after Jeff Sessions, a onetime U.S. attorney general under then-唐纳德·特朗普总统, entered the field seeking to reclaim his old seat. Sessions lost a July 2020 runoff to another Republican, former college football coach Tommy Tuberville, who won the general election that November.
在他的陈述中, Merrill said after “much prayer, reflection, and conversations with my wife, 辛迪, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for any office in 2022.”
“Life presents us with a series of chapters, some more challenging than others, in our book of life, and when one finishes, another one begins. While I remain fully committed to continuing my service as your secretary of state through the end of my term, I do not know what the next chapter will present for me and my family,” 他加了.