Horan says it's time to quit
LONG-STANDING Member for Toowoomba South and Liberal-National Party stalwart Mike Horan will quit politics.
He will make the official announcement on Monday.
Mr Horan said the decision to resign from politics was made 14 months ago.
He spoke exclusively to The Chronicle yesterday about his plans.
“I will not be contesting the next State election.
“I informed the president of the LNP 14 months ago of my decision, so it has had absolutely nothing to do with what has occurred this week,” Mr Horan said yesterday at the Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Picnic Point.
After a career that has spanned 20 years, Mr Horan cited family as the overwhelming factor in his decision to quit politics.
“I am 67 and even though I still love the job and the work it is now time for me to spend it with my family,” Mr Horan said.
The normally reserved politician gave an insight into the family issues which have forced his hand.
“It has been a big strain on my wife having to travel back and forth to Brisbane all the time.
“She has had a bad back for a while now and it looks as though she will need it operated on,” Mr Horan said.
The former leader of the National Party and Opposition between 2001 and 2003 said that quality time with his children and grandchildren were also a major reason in deciding to step aside.
“I have three kids and seven grandchildren whom I never really get to see.
“It is time for me now to spend time with them,” Mr Horan said.
Speculation on Mr Horan's future has been rife for months with the city's rumour mill in full swing over the last few weeks.
Several high-profile Toowoomba businesspeople have been touted as possible replacements.
Speaking to The Chronicle on March 11, Mr Horan said he had not decided either way on his future.
“I will be making a decision closer to the time.
“The election is due in March, 2012. It is a long time away,” Mr Horan said at the time.
Labor Premier Anna Bligh has failed to rule out the chance of an early State election this year.
She has earlier said that the parliament would run its full course, but this has been revised following the announcement by Brisbane Lord Mayor Campbell Newman that he would stand for State Parliament and take over parliamentary leadership of the LNP.
His announcement forced the incumbent Opposition leader John-Paul Langbroek and former leader Lawrence Springborg to resign their official posts.