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Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Monday, February 15, 2010

2010 Congressional Retirements

Here is a list of those Congressmen and Senators who have decided not to seek reelection this November.   Why have they chosen to retire now...A couple of questions to ponder:

Is it because of President Obama's policies?
The high unemployment rate?  which ties into,
The poor economy?
Dissatisfaction of incumbents or the rise of the Tea Party?   (You know - the movement which held rallies, that was constantly downgraded, insutled and underestimated during August/September 2009, by the mainstream liberal media? Keith Oldberman and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC made the claim that they wouldbe forgotten by November 2009)

Why the flood?  I saw on Saturday, for the first time, a bumper sticker that said "Reelect No One".  I thought it was brilliant.

At this point in time, 32 U.S. Representatives are retiring.

Democratic incumbents (14 incumbents)

• Alabama's 7th congressional district: Artur Davis: To run for Governor of Alabama.
• Arkansas's 1st congressional district: Marion Berry: Retiring due to health concerns. 
• Arkansas's 2nd congressional district: Vic Snyder: Retiring to spend more time with family.
• California's 33rd congressional district: Diane Watson: Retiring
• Florida's 17th congressional district: Kendrick Meek: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• Hawaii's 1st congressional district: Neil Abercrombie: To run for Governor of Hawaii.
• Kansas's 3rd congressional district: Dennis Moore: Retiring; "Time for a new generation of leadership."
• Louisiana's 3rd congressional district: Charlie Melancon: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district: Paul Hodes: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district: Joe Sestak: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• Rhode Island's 1st congressional district: Patrick J. Kennedy
• Tennessee's 6th congressional district: Bart Gordon: Retiring; "'s time for a new chapter"
• Tennessee's 8th congressional district: John S. Tanner: Retiring, reasons not known.
• Washington's 3rd congressional district: Brian Baird: Retiring, to pursue other options.

Republican incumbents (18 incumbents)

• Arkansas's 3rd congressional district: John Boozman: To run for U.S. Senate.
• Arizona's 3rd congressional district: John Shadegg: Retiring to pursue other interests.
• California's 19th congressional district: George Radanovich: Retiring to put family obligations first.
• Delaware's At-large congressional district: Michael Castle: To run for U.S. Senate.
• Florida's 12th congressional district: Adam Putnam: To run for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture.
• Florida's 21st congressional district: Lincoln Diaz-Balart: Retiring to do law practice.
• Georgia's 9th congressional district: Nathan Deal: To run for Governor of Georgia.
• Indiana's 4th congressional district: Steve Buyer: Retiring due to wife's illness
• Illinois's 10th congressional district: Mark Kirk: To run for U.S. Senate.
• Kansas's 1st congressional district: Jerry Moran: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• Kansas's 4th congressional district: Todd Tiahrt: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• Michigan's 2nd congressional district: Peter Hoekstra: To run for Governor of Michigan.
• Michigan's 3rd congressional district: Vern Ehlers: Retiring
• Missouri's 7th congressional district: Roy Blunt: To run for the U.S. Senate.
• Oklahoma's 5th congressional district: Mary Fallin: To run for Governor of Oklahoma.
• South Carolina's 1st congressional district: Henry E. Brown, Jr.: Retiring to spend more time with his family.
• South Carolina's 3rd congressional district: J. Gresham Barrett: To run for Governor of South Carolina.
• Tennessee's 3rd congressional district: Zach Wamp: To run for Governor of Tennessee.

These are the 12 Senators who have either retiring or plan to make an announcement soon.

• Chris Dodd, Connecticut
• Byron Dorgan, North Dakota
• Evan Bayh, Indianna
• Barbara Mikulski, Maryland
• Ted Kaufman, Delaware
• Roland Burris, Illinois

• Mel Martinez/George LeMieux, Florida
• Jim Bunning, Kentucky
• Sam Brownback, Kansas
• Kit Bond, Missouri
• Judd Gregg, New Hampshire
• George Voinovich, Ohio


Larry said...

Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas is running for Governor and is not running for re-election. She may or may not resign following the Republican primary.

I cannot see why we should trade out Rick Perry, myself. Kay Bailey is getting the old line support of James Baker, and all of the dead tree media Newspapers. This probably speaks volumes.

Rich V. said...

I purposely didn't include there is no guarantee that she can win. That being said, I've not really heard much negative about Rich Perry.

At this point, I suspect that MSM support ISN'T good for a candidate. There are many who are disgusted with the bias, real or perceived in the media.

The only reason I watch Fox News is because they do at least pay lip service to a balanced approach. That being said, I don't like Glenn Beck (he's far too over the top), Hannity or O'Reilly much at all. The straight news reporting is first's the opinion guys I don't like or trust.

Dolley Madison said...

Have you done any analysis to determine if this is a normal cycle or if the retirements are more numerous this year?

PS - I like your blog. I have about "15" loyal readers also. Do you want to exchange links?

Rich V. said...

Sure, you add me to yours and I'll put you on mine! I always link to those who put me on their blog roll.