The Charlotte Observer and other sources are reporting:
Republican Andrew Murray is taking a 60-day break from his campaign for Mecklenburg County district attorney.
On Thursday, Murray got involuntary orders to go on active duty with the US Coast Guard. He’s expected to go to New Orleans to assist in efforts to deal with the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A Commander with 29 years in the Coast Guard Reserves, Murray is scheduled to begin active duty July 26 and serve for 60 days. He returns Sept. 24, just over five weeks before the election.
“While the timing is less than perfect, it is always an honor to serve my country in times of need and I gladly accept the challenges that come with this assignment,” Murray said in a statement. “It is this sense of duty and responsibility that I hope to take into the district attorney’s office if elected.”
Murray faces Democrat Michael Barnes in November.
Andrew Murray for Mecklenburg County District Attorney