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  One-time political star fades following abrupt withdrawal from congressional race [Jim Stork]
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Last EditedCBlock941  May 23, 2005 10:13am
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MediaNewspaper - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
News DateMonday, May 23, 2005 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFORT LAUDERDALE -- Nine months ago, rising political star Jim Stork found out something that rendered him speechless, left him depressed and caused him to mysteriously flee the state.

Stork, 37, discovered he's not invincible.

He also found out he could fail, and that indeed, he had.

With little explanation, Stork suddenly dropped his campaign as a Democrat for Congress last year, shattering his image in South Florida and beyond. His departure left his political party in the lurch against longtime Broward and Palm Beach county congressional incumbent Clay Shaw, a Republican, who easily crushed a last-minute replacement.

Because of Stork's baffling withdrawal, the former Wilton Manors mayor and owner of three local bakeries is no longer a political star of the gay community.

He's that guy who raised $1 million for the campaign that, ultimately, wasn't.
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