I had a feeling the email could be ominous news, since the press release came without a specific issue in the subject line beyond "Statement from Rep. Tyler Olson." Olson on midday Monday announced he is separating from his wife, Sarah, but will remain a 2014 Iowa governor candidate.
Olson is a Democratic state representative from Cedar Rapids. He'll reduce campaigning through the rest of 2013, as his children adjust to the new family dynamics.
From Olson's release: "I am saddened to announce today that my wife Sarah and I are separating. This decision was made only after significant discussion and professional support to deal with the issues facing our marriage. We are working through divorce proceedings but remain friends whose number one priority is the happiness and well being of our children.
"The decision about whether to continue the race is complicated, starting with the needs of my kids and my core belief Iowans will have greater opportunity with a new perspective in Terrace Hill. This has been a fact of life since the start of my family: Sarah and I married while I was running for the Iowa House and both my kids were born during my service there.
"While this is a family matter, because of my candidacy for governor I felt it necessary to publicly acknowledge the situation. I am scaling back campaign events for the remainder of the year to focus on my family and helping them through this transition. I am deeply committed to this race for governor, as I believe Iowans will have greater opportunity with a governor with a strong, positive vision for the future. I plan to resume my campaign after the holidays."
Olson's family was with him in July during an initial swing of candidacy announcement events.