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Shays wants assurance of senior House post or it's time 'to move on'
Greenwich Time (Greenwich, CT) ^ | September 15, 2007 | David Lightman

Posted on 09/15/2007 5:33:36 AM PDT by Stingray51

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays is in line to be chairman of a big House committee.

But, he said yesterday, if his turn comes and he's denied that chance -- he's leaving Congress.

"I'm 61 years old; I've been in Congress 20 years," he said, talking quickly and emotionally during a brief interview. "If I have to fight to become chairman of a committee, given the job I've done, I need to move on."

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Shays said if it is clear that he won't get one of these top posts, he either won't run for Congress in 2008 or, if re-elected but then passed over for chairman or ranking Republican, would resign.

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But yesterday, he vowed that he won't draw the ire of the leaders again, so he's talking to his colleagues, looking for support -- and threatening not to run for another term if it looks like he won't get the post he is seeking

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Then there have some recent controversies. In July, Shays shouted obscenities at and touched the badge of a Capitol police officer. He quickly apologized for his behavior. Jim Himes, the Greenwich Democratic town chairman who is vying for Shays' seat, found the congressman's attitude strange.

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If Shays got re-elected, and then lost the committee's top spot, chairman or ranking Republican, "I would resign," he said.

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(Excerpt) Read more at greenwichtime.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: 110th; rino; shays
What a whining RINO wuss. (And by the way, who believes that this weasel would actually take his marbles, go home and get a real job?)

Hey Chris, don't let the door hit you on the way out!

1 posted on 09/15/2007 5:33:46 AM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Stingray51

Good riddance.


2 posted on 09/15/2007 5:35:46 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Stingray51
Chris Shays will be replaced by a Democrat. Every other Congresscritter from New England is a Dem. Hey Chris - there's a solution - just switch parties and you can have that committee chairmanship now!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

3 posted on 09/15/2007 5:36:21 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Stingray51

Someone had better tell him that the GOP has to take back the House first.


4 posted on 09/15/2007 5:39:30 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur (Save Fredericksburg. Support CVBT.)
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To: Stingray51

GOP leadership should tell him flat out he’s not getting a senior post, and then start looking for a conservative to run for his seat in 2008.


5 posted on 09/15/2007 5:40:40 AM PDT by counterpunch (Ron Paul is gearing up to be Hillary Clinton's Ross Perot.)
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To: Stingray51

This elitist attitude is precisely why we need to elect real conservatives and why we need term limits. Go home Chrissy!


6 posted on 09/15/2007 5:42:42 AM PDT by Shady
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To: Shady

But...but...if he doesn’t run and win, who will be nominated for “Dork of the House” award each year?


7 posted on 09/15/2007 5:51:49 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: Rodney King; Ron Jeremy

BTTT


8 posted on 09/15/2007 6:08:52 AM PDT by Stingray51
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To: Stingray51
[SHAYS]: "I need to move on"

No argument here, Mr. RINO -- go ahead, move on, and don't let the door hit ya.....
9 posted on 09/15/2007 6:19:44 AM PDT by Enchante (Reid and Pelosi Defeatocrats: Surrender Now - Peace for Our Time!!)
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To: nonliberal

Is it me or are the RINO’s leaving? Even few weeks it seems that a RINO announces he will not seek re-election pulls what Shays is pulling.


10 posted on 09/15/2007 6:23:14 AM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: Stingray51

I think he has realized that he doesn’t have much of a future in the GOP. He could switch to Democrat, but then he would have to win a Democrat primary in 2008, which he probably would not be able to do.


11 posted on 09/15/2007 6:42:20 AM PDT by BusterBear
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To: Stingray51

I'm taking my ball and going home!

12 posted on 09/15/2007 7:56:30 AM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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To: Stingray51

Bye Swish, don’t let the door hit your butt on the way out.


13 posted on 09/15/2007 7:56:53 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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To: Stingray51
Door. Ass. Bang.

It's a privilege, Chris. Not a right.

14 posted on 09/15/2007 8:02:06 AM PDT by RichInOC (Stupidity is its own punishment...but too many political people think they're exempt.)
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To: Stingray51

20 years? That’s 16 years too long. Get a real job, Chris.


15 posted on 09/15/2007 8:07:01 AM PDT by Master of Orion
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To: lowbridge

Which one is Chris?


16 posted on 09/15/2007 8:14:28 AM PDT by ChessExpert (Reagan dismantled the Russian empire of 21 conquered nations)
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To: ChessExpert
Which one is Chris?

He's in the middle. The round thing filled with balloon juice.

17 posted on 09/15/2007 9:11:23 AM PDT by lowbridge ("We control this House, not the parliamentarians! -Congressman Steny Hoyer (D))
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