Here’s a portion of Cagle announcement as posted at the Political Insider:
I have experienced pain in my back and neck for years, but during this past legislative session, the pain worsened. At times my arm was numb and the pain spread. Therefore, as part of preparing to run, I visited my physician. That doctor’s appointment significantly changed the way my life will look for the next several months.
I’ve been diagnosed with some serious nerve and bone problems and a degenerative spinal condition. The issue could be hereditary or it could be the result of an old injury, but the unfortunate reality is that it requires immediate surgical treatment.
The good news is that my odds of making a full recovery without long term nerve or muscle damage are high. Left untreated, the lasting affects could be severe. However, fully focusing on treatment and healing without long term problems will severely restrict my ability to campaign for much of this year.
I feel a deep obligation to Georgia’s future, while I also have a strong sense of duty to my family. I want to serve the citizens of our state, but I also need to stay healthy so I can provide for my wife and three sons, the oldest one of whom just began his college education.
Georgia needs a strong Governor, but Nita and my boys also need a dad who can provide for them well into the future.
The only way I can balance both obligations is to make the difficult decision to end our campaign for Governor and seek re-election to the office of Lt. Governor.
It would be wrong to tell the thousands of Georgians who want to support a gubernatorial campaign that I am in the race when I simply cannot give it my full attention for most of this year.
I expect to make a full recovery by next year’s legislative session and intend to campaign vigorously for re-election at the appropriate time. As of Monday, my schedule will be adjusted accordingly to make time to address my medical needs.