CINCINNATI — Embattled Cincinnati City Council member P.G. Sittenfeld announced Thursday that he would no longer be running for the office of mayor of Cincinnati.
"It is with a very heavy heart that, due to the current situation, I've made the decision not to run for mayor after all," Sittenfeld wrote online.
The "current situation" is Sittenfeld's arrest and indictment by a federal grand jury on charges of honest services wire fraud, bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds and attempted extortion under color of official right.
Sittenfeld then wrote, "I am completely innocent and am working daily to achieve justice and ensure that the facts are known..."
Sittenfeld announced his run for mayor last July before he was charged in federal court.
WCPO reached out to Sittenfeld for comment.