Rickey Cole said he told Ron Dickey on Tuesday that it would be in his best interest to withdraw, The Clarion-Ledger reported Friday.
“I don’t see how he can sustain his family and be the fulltime candidate he needs to be to be able to change the discussion back to where he wanted it on veterans’ issues and mental health issues and not these others that have emerged because of his embellishments,” Cole said.
Dickey said he’s staying in the race against incumbent Republican Alan Nunnelee and two other candidates.
“Prior to all of these issues happening, I took quite a bit of time to think about running for the office. … I haven’t done anything illegal to keep me from continuing to run,” he said.