“In the best interests of my district, I am resigning from my campaign for the Oregon House of Representatives. A 2006 legal issue has arisen that needs my immediate attention. I am not at liberty to disclose the details, but my name was involved in a real estate case that requires a ruling. If the ruling is adverse, I would be disqualified from running for office until 2011. So, given that possibility, I have chosen to withdraw my name as a candidate in 2010. I will continue to contribute to my community and ensure that we have a capable candidate to run for my district in November.”
Although according to Sonnen he is tapping out due to a “2006 legal issue,” the MMA fighter/aspiring politician has been under heavy fire recently due to controversial statements that were posted on a Twitter account he once claimed as his own, www.twitter.com/sonnench.
Whatever Sonnen’s reasons for resigning, it has become pretty clear his trash talking persona is much better suited for hyping up a cage fight than gaining support for political office.
The 33-year-old Team Quest member is scheduled to face UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva for the title on Aug. 7 at UFC 117 in Oakland.