Monday, February 15, 2010

Buh Bayh - Sen. Bayh Retiring

Evan Bayh of Indiana has decided to call it quits.  He will be retiring at the end of this year.  Bayh has always seemed to me to be a decent man even though I didn't agree him on many issues.  This must come as a real blow to the democrats.  The filing for the Indiana primary is at noon tomorrow.  So, there will be no democratic primary.  The state party will choose a nominee. 

His statements were quite interesting:

"Congress is not operating as it should," Bayh said at a news conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, adding there's too much partisanship and "the people's business is not getting done."

Bayh said he loves public service, but does "not love Congress" and is "not motivated by strident partisanship or ideology."

He cited the Senate's recent failure to pass a jobs bill and legislation that would have created a deficit reduction commission as evidence of what he characterized as a broken political system.

"The only [way] we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates," Bayh told ABC News. "Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Democratic Party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country -- that's not going to work too well."

It would seem to me that him waiting until one day before the filing deadline was a parting shot to far left of his party.  Good for you Evan. 

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