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Evan Bayh (D-IN) Won’t Seek Re-Election

From a gob smacked Indianapolis Star:

Evan Bayh will not seek reelection

By Mary Beth Schneider
Posted: February 15, 2010

Sen. Evan Bayh will not run for re-election, a decision that will shock Democrats and Republicans alike in Indiana.

In prepared remarks, Bayh, 54, cited excessive partisanship that makes progress on public policy difficult to achieve as the motivation for his decision.

“After all these years, my passion for service to my fellow citizens is undiminished, but my desire to do so in Congress has waned,” he said.

“My decision was not motivated by political concern,” he added. “Even in the current challenging environment, I am confident in my prospects for re-election.”

Bayh had never lost an election, from his first win in 1986 as secretary of state, his wins for governor in 1988 and 1992 and his election to the U.S. Senate in 1998 and 2004.

“But running for the sake of winning an election, just to remain in public office, is not good enough,” Bayh said. “And it has never been what motivates me. At this time I simply believe I can best contribute to society in another way: creating jobs by helping grow a business, helping guide an institution of higher learning or helping run a worthy charitable endeavor.”

Only days ago, Bayh’s staff, close associates and Indiana Democratic Party Chairman Dan Parker, who was manager of Bayh’s re-election campaign, had assured an Indianapolis Star reporter hat he would definitely seek a third term in the U.S. Senate. And Democrats recently released a poll showing Bayh easily ahead of both former Sen. Dan Coats and former U.S. Rep. John Hostettler, two of the four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination.

But in his statement, Bayh cited recent stalemates in Congress.

“Two weeks ago, the Senate voted down a bipartisan commission to deal with one of the greatest threats facing our nation: our exploding deficits and debt. The measure would have passed, but seven members who had endorsed the idea instead voted ‘no’ for short-term political reasons,” he said. “Just last week, a major piece of legislation to create jobs — the public’s top priority — fell apart amid complaints from both the left and right. All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens, my beloved state4 and our nation than continued service in Congress.”

Bayh is expected to discuss his decision at a 2 p.m. news conference today at the IUPUI University Place Conference Center and Hotel, 850 W. Michigan Street.

Obviously, Mr. Bayh was worried he did not push hard enough for Mr. Obama’s healthcare reform and so he would suffer the wrath of the Indiana voters.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 15th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Evan Bayh (D-IN) Won’t Seek Re-Election”

  1. BigOil says:

    Bayh had about 13 million reasons to say good bye – especially since he might lose.

    The backlash against congressional liberals Democrats for following Barry down the Marxist road will be historic.

  2. proreason says:

    The timing is curious.

    Mr. Bayh seems to be giving a little love elbow to the chicago marxists by making his exit so close to the filing date. Maybe he didn’t appreciate all the help they have been giving him to help cram down their agenda in the most conservative state in the midwest.

    Obamy should consider giving classes on how to help your allies.

    • Right of the People says:

      I get the feeling that Democrats will be asking their Fearless Leader NOT to campaign for them in droves.

  3. Petronius says:

    Does this count as a job saved or a job created?

  4. GetBackJack says:

    Rats

    Ship

    • Mithrandir says:

      I logged in to say the same thing! Rats don’t fall on their sword, they save themselves from a sinking ship!

  5. proreason says:

    Now is a good time to review the powerful coattails our little boy king has demonstrated as he has marched usttowards the Transformation of the failed state called the United States of America.

    13 months after assuming his first real job, how have Obamy’s allies and fellow Presidential Contenders fared?

    John Edwards, presidential candidate – not offered an administration post, humiliated by scandals

    Chris Dodd, presidential candidate – decided not to run for re-election. Considered the most corrupt congressman for 2009

    Joe Biden, presidential candidate and current Vice President – son decided not to campaign for Joe’s Senate seat. Joe is a habitual liar and is scorned by everybody who knows him.

    Bill Richardson, presidential candidate – humiliated and dropped out of contention for Cabinet posts

    Birch Bayh, presidential candidate – not running for re-election

    Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate – accepted a menial government job

    Mike Gravel, presidential candidate – humiliated, became a Libertarian, again humiliated, now out of politics

    Tom Vilsack, presidential candidate – now farm secretary, where he presides over sheep and goats

    Dennis Kucinich, presidential candidate – occasionally appears on the O’Reilly factor where he is highly respected

    Ted Kennedy, early supporter – RIP. His Senate seat was won by an unknown Republican

    Carolyn Kennedy, chairwoman of VP search committee – failed to be appointed Senator of NY

    Harry Reid, early supporter – trailing snakes in Nevada in his bid for re-election. Probably will drop out.

    Rod Blagojevich, early supporter – forced to resign. Under federal indictment.

    Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, early supporter – polling below ferrets in Massachusetts

    Ben Nelson, early supporter – planning a private sector career

    Tom Daschle, early supporter – humiliated by tax crimes. Currently working as a slimey lobbyist

    Van Jones, early supporter – Green Jobs Czar for a few months. Resigned when it was disclosed what he stands for.

    Mary Landrieu, early supporter – polling below armadillos in her race for Senate re-election

    All other Democratic Senators and Representatives – praying for miracles

    And to the left, we have the bus.
    – Under the bus…Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Father Pfleger, Tom Daschle, Bill Richardson, Sam Alito, bitter clingers, Grandma, pharmacy companies, banks, Chrysler bond holders, doctors, medical equipment businesses, insurance companies, Poland, Israel, the UK, France, Van Jones, Mia Cabanero, CEO’s, American business, the Dali Lhama, South Korea, gay marriage advocates, peace nuts, oil companies, people who want safe cars, people with jobs, small businesses, auto dealerships, retirees, Social Security recipients, etc etc etc etc etc etc etc.
    – 1 leg under the bus…Eric Holder, Big Sis, Rahm the Impaler, John Brennan, Congress, Reid, Pelosi, Max Baucus
    – 1 leg and 1 foot under the bus…America

    • ptat says:

      Hear, hear! Well said, my friend. Very well put–and there is so much more!

    • Melly says:

      Bravo!
      Great post.

    • Perdido says:

      Bill Richardson, (D) NM and current governor soon to be ending his 2nd and mandated last term in office is in very hot water. A local scourge of the jabbering class has aired an investigation of Mr. Richardson that includes political payoffs to the extent that an early supporter was given a job of “Director” of a Museum. The job has paid on the order of $88,000 / yr for the last 6 or 7 years. Problem? No such museum exists.

      There was a litany of this crap all exposed in a 30 min. TV news expose. The scumbag will be lucky to escape jail. The honchos are now debating impeachment, with only months left in his term. Probably won’t happen, but this speaks volumes to 70 years of Democrat Party dominance in the Land of Enchantment.

      Sigh.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    “our exploding deficits”

    Uh, you cuda chust sed NO

  7. Zing. Good one, Mr. Steve.

    Bayh was actually one of the more reasonable democrats in Congress. Before that he was a two term Governor. He was on the short list for Obama’s V.P. pick, but Obama went with the smartest guy in the room – gaff-tastic Joe, instead.

    Perhaps Bayh has his eye on Obama’s job now??

  8. philipspace says:

    I kind of wonder what kind of jobs these guys have waiting for them after they “choose to not seek re-election”…

  9. wterrier says:

    @proreason
    Epic, Epic post my friend. And we should never forget the Chrysler Bond Holders. That was an attack at the heart of the Market. You have outdone yourself in this post pro. Very well said.

  10. Chuckk says:

    Another one bites the dust.

    He was a goner anyway with no chance of being re-elected.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    Let’s see….they spend more than they bring in, because they need to give paybacks to the voters who elected them, then when the debt reaches critical mass, they bail out, take their cushy pensions and head for the hills.

    The reason we can’t control Washington, is because lawyers control US. That’s their job: micromanaging. And they sure don’t want you micromanaging them, so they put roadblocks in the way to stop that from happening.

    Democracy only works if the population is generally ethical and moral, to counter-balance the inevitable minority that is not. However, when the scales are tipped the other way, no system can survive the onslaught of the rising sewage.


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