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Dem recruits continue to head for exits
The Hill ^ | December 31, 2009 | By Aaron Blake

Posted on 12/31/2009 11:17:54 AM PST by Jet Jaguar

Democrats have lost yet another touted recruit, this time in Kansas.

State Sen. Laura Kelly (D) just announced her withdrawal from the race to face Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kan.). She becomes the fifth formidable recruit to bow out in recent weeks.

“I have been forced to make a decision between honoring the pledge I made to the people in my Senate district and my firm conviction that the people of the 2nd congressional district deserve a truly independent voice in Congress," Kelly said in a statement.

“This has been a very hard decision, but it is the right one.”

Kelly joins several recent dropouts, including businessman Jack McDonald, a well-funded challenger to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) who announced last week that he wouldn't run. The others are Ohio state Rep. Todd Book, who was running against Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio); former Tennessee Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Paula Flowers, who was running for Rep. Zach Wamp's (R-Tenn.) seat; and Solana Beach City Councilman Dave Roberts, who was running against Rep. Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.).

Both McDonald and Kelly were cited in a late October memo from DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) that touted the committee's recruiting successes.

On top of that, Democrats have lost four incumbents in vulnerable districts to retirement recently. It has been a distinct shift, taking five seats off the map on offense and adding four on defense.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010midterms; dccc

1 posted on 12/31/2009 11:17:54 AM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Jet Jaguar

Every one of these drop outs hands the Republicans an uncontested seat and frees up Republican campaign cash for other races.


2 posted on 12/31/2009 11:24:03 AM PST by SeeSharp
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To: Jet Jaguar
Both McDonald and Kelly were cited in a late October memo from DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen (Md.) that touted the committee's recruiting successes.

Van Hollen is a complete tool, and he's going to get his party waxed next November.

Thank God.

3 posted on 12/31/2009 11:24:09 AM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: Jet Jaguar

Are the Republicans they were running against RINOS?


4 posted on 12/31/2009 11:31:21 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Jet Jaguar
“I have been forced to make a decision between honoring the pledge I made to the people in my Senate district and my firm conviction that the people of the 2nd congressional district deserve a truly independent voice in Congress," Kelly said in a statement.

Translation:

5 posted on 12/31/2009 11:33:21 AM PST by rllngrk33 (0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Rats - ship.


6 posted on 12/31/2009 11:33:26 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Bush at his worst was still better than Obama at his best.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
“I have been forced to make a decision between honoring the pledge I made to the people in my Senate district and my firm conviction that the people of the 2nd congressional district deserve a truly independent voice in Congress," Kelly said in a statement.

Translation:

I've been told I have to vote the party line no matter what my convictions are.

7 posted on 12/31/2009 11:34:00 AM PST by rllngrk33 (0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
“I have been forced to make a decision between honoring the pledge I made to the people in my Senate district and my firm conviction that the people of the 2nd congressional district deserve a truly independent voice in Congress," Kelly said in a statement.

Snort!

Right Kelly . . . whatever you say. (giggle)

8 posted on 12/31/2009 11:42:24 AM PST by YHAOS
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To: freekitty

Are the Republicans they were running against RINOS?
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Not the one in Tejas...


9 posted on 12/31/2009 11:47:36 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Jet Jaguar
The Rats are stampeding for the exits. It may soon become a flood.

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

10 posted on 12/31/2009 12:21:30 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Jet Jaguar

We need to make sure Republicans are running conservative candidates in these seats. If they aren’t then we need to find some on our end Tea Party style.


11 posted on 12/31/2009 12:36:57 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: truthandlife
"We need to make sure Republicans are running conservative candidates "

Right on the money. If conservatives think it will be enough to just watch the demtards run off a cliff, we will still end up losing the country in the long run. We need to ask God for wisdom and vision for a leadership that can govern from Godly constitutional principles, and help these people run for elective office.

12 posted on 12/31/2009 1:15:54 PM PST by Funee Kat
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To: Jet Jaguar; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...
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13 posted on 12/31/2009 1:17:47 PM PST by narses ('in an odd way this is cheering news!'.)
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To: Jet Jaguar
The first comment at the website:

Democrat and prominent political handicapper Charlie Cook, publisher of "The Cook Political Report", responding to a question from the host of MSNBC's "Hardball With Chris Matthews" last week:"I would not be surprised to see no Republican incumbent, House or Senate, lose…" in the 2010 mid-term elections. Smart cookie…

BY Mixed Bag on 12/31/2009 at 11:54


I would amend this to mean in the general election. I could see a few lose in the primaries....

hh
14 posted on 12/31/2009 1:27:47 PM PST by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: hoosier hick

Well, we’re holding that extremely vulnerable seat in New Orleans that would take a miracle to hold for reelection (Anh Cao).


15 posted on 12/31/2009 1:38:45 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Yeah, forgot about that one. I think you can cross it off the list...

hh


16 posted on 12/31/2009 1:43:13 PM PST by hoosier hick (Note to RINOs: We need a choice, not an echo....Barry Goldwater)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Anh Cao cast a surprising, stab in the back votea couple of months ago. I’ve forgotten what it was, but I think that it was on either healthcare, or the stimulus plan. He was the last vote in and nobody could understand why he voted that way. It was a RINO-ish vote.


17 posted on 12/31/2009 1:52:05 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

It was for the blatantly unconstitutional “HealthScare” (or DeathCare, whichever). Cao should’ve been thinking about his political future in Louisiana. If he voted an excellent record in the House and loss (because of the demographics), he would still be in excellent shape to run for statewide office in LA, but that one vote destroyed his credibility.


18 posted on 12/31/2009 2:03:27 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Jet Jaguar

They know what’s coming in November.


19 posted on 12/31/2009 2:53:23 PM PST by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013 The end of an error.)
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To: freekitty

>> Are the Republicans they were running against RINOS?

That’s an important question.


20 posted on 12/31/2009 2:56:09 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: rdl6989

Yep. Payback’s a b*tch.


21 posted on 12/31/2009 9:24:10 PM PST by GVnana ("Obama is incredibly naive and grossly egotistical." Sarkozy)
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To: Jet Jaguar

No one is going to run that wants to win under a D in anything but the bluest of blue districts in ‘10.

House of Reps is going to be a slaughterhouse for D’s, and the Senate won’t look much better.

Spectre, Reid and Dodd will all be gone for certain. Spectre may not even be the D candidate in the general election so that seat may stay D if that happens, but the other 2 are almost lock R pickups. If Spectre is the D on the PA ballot he will lose and that will be 3 R pickups.


22 posted on 12/31/2009 9:31:48 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: hoosier hick

Incumbent liberal Republicans will lose in their primaries if challenged and could lose to Independents to their right if they run in generals.

This has been the problem with the R party for too long, LIBERALS get through the primaries and then we get stuck with them stabbing us in the back once in office.

Conservatives rule the primary process... there is no excuse for a liberal republican in any district other than say a NYC or SF to survive a republican primary. We have to make sure that this is the case, not only in 2010 but well well beyond.

If you want to be a socialist, get elected as a D, if you try to run as an R you should have ZERO chance of getting on a general ballot.


23 posted on 12/31/2009 9:35:47 PM PST by HamiltonJay
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To: Jet Jaguar

This thread needs a New Year’s bump.

It’s nice to have a glimmer of good news amongst all the bad.


24 posted on 01/01/2010 5:37:18 AM PST by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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