Mike Maggio has withdrawn from the Arkansas Court of Appeals race.
He made the announcement in an email to The Arkansas Times, the content of which was also sent as a courtesy to other journalists who have covered the story by Clint Reed of Impact Management Group, who had been Maggio's campaign consultantcy firm until it severed ties with Maggio on Tuesday.
"I take full responsibility for the comments that have been attributed to me," the Arkansas Times reports Maggio as saying in the email. "I apologize deeply for my lapse in personal judgment and for that, I have no excuse. The comments posted were not acceptable. These comments are not a reflection of who I am.
"During my life, I have prided myself in treating all fairly and with respect, both personally and professionally. My friends, family and colleagues know me and can appropriately attest to how I have treated others. I stand by their opinion and regret letting them down. I ask for both yours and God’s forgiveness. My actions are not indicative or illustrative of the conservative political philosophy of which I hold dear.
"It is a shame that the politics of personal destruction take precedence along with the win at all costs mentality that results in the disjunction.
"At this time, in light of the pain I have caused to my family, friends, supporters, the Judicial Branch, and the public, I have requested that the Secretary of State remove me from the ballot.
"I would ask you to respect my family’s need for privacy so we can being the healing process of forgiveness."
Maggio's comments under the pseudonym "geauxjudge" also caught the attention of the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which has been conducting an investigation into Maggio's online activity.