RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- For Democrat Adam Cook challenging Republican Congressman Rob Wittman in a conservative Virginia district, an uphill climb is about to get a little steeper.
Cook, a 34-year-old major in the Air Force Reserves, faces two weeks of active duty starting next week and is suspending his longshot campaign in eastern Virginia's 1st District during that time.
Military rules forbid active duty personnel from public political activity.
The Fredericksburg lawyer running his first race will halt all fundraising, campaign advertising, voter outreach and organizing and put his young staff on a two-week paid vacation until his hitch in Dover, Del., is up about Aug. 6.
Fifty-three-year-old Wittman is seeking a third full term. He won a 2007 special election to fill the unexpired term of the late Rep. JoAnn Davis.