By Ethan Forman
Boxford attorney Bill Hudak, who dropped out of the Republican race for Congress last month, is now a pitchman for an anti-aging supplement.
"You know there had to be something important to cause me to postpone my run for Congress," Hudak said in a message to supporters on his "Bill Hudak U.S. Congress" website. "There was — a new, proprietary, unique health system based on Nobel Prize-winning science, which I could not talk about until now."
In January, Hudak, 53, a tea party conservative, bowed out of his planed second consecutive challenge to Congressman John Tierney, citing a new "business opportunity," but wouldn't say what it was.
Between the new venture and his law practice, he said he wouldn't have time to campaign.
Instead, he's decided to sell the Prime system from Qivana, a network marketing firm based in Utah that sells natural wellness products.
In his message, Hudak claims the supplement "reverses the aging process, expands the arteries, enhances brain activity by supporting cell communications, memory and healthy cognition. It's amazing — a veritable fountain of youth!"
"A lot of people are, because that's the nature of life," Hudak said.
The product, which is not available in stores, is supposed to stimulate nitric oxide production in the body, to improve blood flow.
"All I'm doing is providing information, which is based on science, and they can go ahead and check it out for themselves," Hudak said.
Asked what he would be doing for the company, Hudak said he would be "spreading the word and marketing it," adding that he will be traveling a lot.
Hudak ran against 6th District Congressman Tierney in 2010, raising more than $800,000 in campaign funds, including about $200,000 he loaned his campaign. And he drew 43 percent of the vote.
Hudak had announced a rematch for this year's election and raised about $50,000 before suspending his campaign in January. This time, he faced a Republican primary fight, after former Wakefield state Sen. Richard Tisei announced that he would also challenge Tierney this year.
Hudak's withdrawal has left Tisei — who ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor two years ago on Charlie Baker's ticket — with a clear path to the Republican nomination.
The latest Federal Election Commission website shows Hudak's campaign has a debt of nearly $19,000 through Dec. 31, down from $25,000 in October.
Ethan Forman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. or on Twitter @DanverSalemNews.