Michael Pinson Turns Down Run for Open Congressional Seat in 2014

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Michael Pinson declares decision to forego run for Pinellas County's open congressional seat in the 13th District.

Knowing that reconstructive [neck] surgery is being considered, it would not be fair to my supporters or the Republican Party for me to run.

Today Michael Pinson announced after careful consideration he has decided not to run for Pinellas County's open congressional seat in the 13th District. The seat was previously held by the late longtime Republican U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died on Oct. 18th.

Pinson, at the request of supporters formed an exploratory committee to consider running just after US Congressman Bill Young had announced his retirement. Shortly thereafter, Congressman Young passed thus creating a special primary election on January 14, 2014, which will be followed by a general election on March 11, 2014.

Citing an ongoing medical issue that has escalated over the past year where neurosurgery has been recently been recommended, Pinson stated his deep regret not to run for Congress.

“Knowing that reconstructive [neck] surgery is being considered, it would not be fair to my supporters or the Republican Party for me to run,” said Michael Pinson. “While a full recovery is promising, there is not enough time to recover and do justice to the position.”

“I am very thankful and honored by the support and encouragement by members of the community who have supported and encouraged me to run,” continued Pinson. “Congressman Bill Young was a remarkable man, my prayers and heart goes out to his wife Beverley and his family.”

Pinson says he plans to focus his time on his health and family.

About Michael Pinson

Michael Pinson is a third generation Tampa Bay native and is semi-retired. Aside from being a small business owner in the Tampa Bay area, he was a Registered Investment Advisor and portfolio manager from 1984 to 2001 – nationally recognized by CNBC, CNN Barrons, Business Week, as well as the Wall Street Journal.

Pinson served on US Congressman Gus Bilirakis’s “Advisory Committee” and US Senator Mel Martinez’s Military Academy Review Board for applicants to West Point and the US Air force Academy. He also served in the United States Army as a Military police officer where he was re-called back to active duty in the Persian Gulf War; during which after the war, on special assignment to US Customs, he received recognition by the U.S. Department of Treasury as the lead investigator in the arrest of suspects and prevention of smuggling of arms back in the United States.

From 1997 through 2013, at his book-distribution business, Pinson created a training and employment program for the hearing impaired. In 2006, he founded the Michael Pinson Foundation where part of his business profits and resources were donated to help local charities promote community awareness and support. In 2009, he founded Americans For Freedom, a bipartisan grass roots organization with over 32,000 supporters which advocates government fiscal responsibility, reduced national debt and taxes.

In 2010, through his foundation, he led an eleven-person medial team to Haiti after the great earthquake, which was covered by WTSP. (1) In 2012, Pinson personally donated over 1,600 SAT Study Guide books to disadvantaged kids in High School, so they would have equal opportunity to prepare for college entry.

Pinson continues to be active as a business leader speaking out for small business owners while being active in the philanthropic and political community. Visit http://www.PinsonFoundation.org.

(1) “Medical team returns from Haitian relief mission.” Channel 10 News WTSP. Feb 11, 2010. wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=125000

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