Author and lecturer Marianne Williamson announced on Twitter Friday she’d be suspending her bid for the Democratic nomination for president.
“I ran for president to help forge another direction for our country,” Williamson wrote in a post to her website Friday. “I wanted to discuss things I felt needed to be discussed that otherwise were not. I feel that we have done that.”
Centering her campaign on an “outside-the-box” agenda, Williamson called for infusing love with politics. Part of her plans would have involved creating a Department of Peace and a Department of Youth as part of the executive branch.
Around the first of the year, Williamson laid off her entire staff, though she hadn’t indicated she would end her campaign.
Williamson visited Iowa often, even buying a condo in Des Moines. One Fairfield woman who once won the Miss Universe pageant acted as Williamson’s driver.
The author, who announced her campaign Jan. 29, hadn’t qualified for the Democratic debates since July and was polling at less than 1 percent in Iowa. Her departure winnows the Democratic field down to 13 contenders. The final debate ahead of the Iowa caucuses is set for Tuesday in Des Moines.
“A politics of conscience is still yet possible. And yes….love will prevail,” Williamson wrote in her statement.