National Guard Chaplain Drops Out of Delaware US House Race

Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Kenneth Brandt, the Senior Army National Guard Chaplain and US Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the National Guard, speaks to Active, Guard and Reserve unit ministry teams gathered at Fort Drum during the chaplain summit, June 12, 2017. (U.S. Army photo/Keegan Costello)
Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Kenneth Brandt, the Senior Army National Guard Chaplain and US Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the National Guard, speaks to Active, Guard and Reserve unit ministry teams gathered at Fort Drum during the chaplain summit, June 12, 2017. (U.S. Army photo/Keegan Costello)

DOVER, Del. — A high-ranking National Guard chaplain running for Delaware's lone U.S. House of Representatives seat is ending his campaign days after it began.

A spokeswoman for Brig. Gen. Kenneth "Ed" Brandt told The News Journal on Wednesday he is dropping his bid to challenge Democratic incumbent Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester.

Questions were raised almost two weeks ago about whether Brandt violated a federal policy barring active-duty military personnel from engaging in partisan political speech. He announced his plan to run April 6 during a Kent County Republican dinner.

It is unclear whether his campaign announcement violated the Department of Defense directive. It is also unclear whether he will remain in the National Guard at either the federal or state level.

Brandt is responsible for providing pastoral care to nearly 350,000 soldiers.

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