Citing “tepid” support, veteran sportscaster Tony Ventrella has ended his short-lived campaign for Congress against U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert.

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Former sportscaster Tony Ventrella’s short-lived experiment in running a campaign for Congress without soliciting campaign donations has come to an end.

Barely two months after announcing his candidacy, Ventrella, a Democrat, is quitting the race for the 8th Congressional District seat held by U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn.

In an email, Ventrella cited undisclosed personal reasons, but also “tepid” interest in his call for ordinary voters to band together to fight big money in politics.

He’d hoped enough small donors would flock to his campaign so he wouldn’t have to sully himself with calls to big-dollar donors. That didn’t happen. He raised less than $20,000 from 177 donors.

“As a result, my campaign doesn’t have enough money to move forward and I will not make phone calls for money,” Ventrella said in an email.

While saying he has no regrets about his brief candidacy, Ventrella said he has no plans to ever enter politics again.

His exit comes after he’d already been certified by Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s office to appear on the August 2 primary ballot.

That could cause headaches for Democrats. If Ventrella is one of the top two vote-getters in the primary, he’ll advance to the general-election ballot despite ending his campaign.

While he was the best-known, Ventrella isn’t the only Democrat to step into the race against Reichert.

Other candidates include real-estate broker and property manager Santiago Ramos, and Alida Skold, who owns a financial consulting firm.

In a post on social media, Skold congratulated Ventrella for running an “honorable, issue-based campaign” and said he’d highlighted the need for campaign-finance reform.

While Reichert was a top target for Democrats in some previous election cycles, his district grew safer in a round of redistricting after the 2010 census. His re-election fund had $650,000 in the bank at the end of March.

None of his opponents have reported any fundraising yet, according to the Federal Election Commission.