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huntinman
02-09-2011, 11:52 AM
Virginia Democratic Sen. Webb to Retire from Senate After One Term
By Trish Turner
Created 2011-02-09 11:50
First-term Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia will retire when his term ends next year.

Webb made the announcement Wednesday in an e-mail, saying, "After much thought and consideration I have decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life."

Webb did not attend the issues retreat with his Senate Democratic colleagues currently taking place in Charlottesville. His spokesman, Will Jenkins, said the senator will have no public events.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called Webb, a former Navy secretary, a "true American patriot."

"The Senate as in his other endeavors, Senator Webb's advocacy has been grounded in his deeply held convictions, especially when it comes to ensuring that all hard-working people have the chance to build a better life, keeping America safe and our military strong. He will be missed, and I hope that he continues to be involved in American politics. Our country will be the better for it," Reid said in a written statement.

Webb's decision leaves Democrats with the daunting prospect of finding a viable candidate to run in what will be a very hot senate race in the Old Dominion. On the Republican side, former Virginia Gov. and Sen. George Allen has already announced his intentions to recapture the seat Webb took away from him in 2006 in a razor-thin victory.

For Democrats, all eyes are turning to Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine. Though the former Virginia governor recently said even if Webb didn't seek reelection, he would not be interested in the Senate seat, Democratic officials in Washington tell FOX News that that isn't the end of the story and that Kaine could still be a candidate

Some Democrats are also mentioning former Reps. Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye, who lose their seats in the 2010 midterm elections, as possible replacements. Another possibility is Rep. Gerry Connolly who currently represents Virginia's 11th Congressional District and held onto his suburban Washington D.C. seat in a nail-biter last November.

Democrats are quick to point out that the seat is not a foregone conclusion for Republicans, who took back the governor's seat in the 2009 election. Not only did Webb announce very late in the cycle in 2006 that he would run, but Republicans are expected to endure a bruising primary between George Allen, Tea Party favorite Jamie Radtke and still others.

On the other hand, the National Republican Senatorial Committee said it welcomes whoever the Democrats post.

"While there is no doubt Republicans will field a strong leader as our nominee, Democrats will have great difficulty finding an electable candidate for this open seat as Virginians continue to reject their agenda of higher taxes and reckless spending. We can only hope that Democrats succeed in recruiting President Obama's number one cheerleader in Washington - Tim Kaine," reads a statement from NRSC Communications Director Brian Walsh.

BonMallari
02-09-2011, 02:59 PM
Rep Jane Harman- D representative from CA and high ranking member of the powerful Armed Services committee also announce her registration to take over as the head of the Woodrow Wilson educational foundation

dnf777
02-09-2011, 03:04 PM
that's a shame. Sen Webb is an honorable man with a distinguished service record. I don't think he gave a toot what he was labeled. He spoke his mind. Politics has very little tolerance for such a person.

I wonder why this is called "rats jumping ship"? Aren't the far righties for term limits? Heres a man who served what he thought was a useful time, and is turning over the reigns to the next guy or gal. I didn't think anyone who calls for term limits would have a problem with that.

BonMallari
02-09-2011, 03:22 PM
wasnt Webb one of the critics of Obamacare ?

huntinman
02-09-2011, 03:34 PM
wasnt Webb one of the critics of Obamacare ?

He just had his chance to vote to repeal it but did not.

From what I have observed of Webb, he was an all around critic of just about everything. A first class sourpuss...glad to see him go. IMO, he knew he was gonna get his ass kicked this time and decided to bai before it happened like so many of his dem buddies are doing. They were all pretty tough and talke a good game as long as things were going their way. Now that the tide has turned, not so much...

mjh345
02-09-2011, 04:19 PM
He just had his chance to vote to repeal it but did not.

From what I have observed of Webb, he was an all around critic of just about everything. A first class sourpuss...glad to see him go. IMO, he knew he was gonna get his ass kicked this time and decided to bai before it happened like so many of his dem buddies are doing. They were all pretty tough and talke a good game as long as things were going their way. Now that the tide has turned, not so much...

Bill, IMHO being a "critic of just about everything" speaks well for any Congressman. If you pay attention there isn't much happening in Washington that shouldn't be criticized

huntinman
02-09-2011, 04:44 PM
Bill, IMHO being a "critic of just about everything" speaks well for any Congressman. If you pay attention there isn't much happening in Washington that shouldn't be criticized

Agreed. Especially the last 2 years...

BonMallari
02-09-2011, 04:47 PM
looks like we will see a quite few new faces in the senate after 2012 on BOTH sides of the aisle