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

Posted on 01/01/2010 7:44:30 AM PST by Clintonfatigued

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.

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


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010midterms; dccc

1 posted on 01/01/2010 7:44:31 AM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93; ..

I know candidates drop out every eleection cycle, but I haven’t seen a pattern like this before in one cycle.


2 posted on 01/01/2010 7:46:06 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Good news to start the new year off with.


3 posted on 01/01/2010 7:48:30 AM PST by GOPsterinMA (Never bring a snowball to a gun fight.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Who wants to hitch their wagon to a team of asses that are already halfway over the cliff?


4 posted on 01/01/2010 7:50:03 AM PST by digger48
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To: Clintonfatigued
Don't want to have to answer to the bug eyed b****.
5 posted on 01/01/2010 7:50:28 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this)
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To: Clintonfatigued
1. Should be very interesting to see how cash flows to hot contests in formerly Dem Safe areas. 2. Also how things go with the TeaParty groups working of disruption of Libs at more of their town hall meetings. 3. I will be looking forward to more YouTube videos of stammering Dems trying to defend pork and bad votes to ticked off constituents as we get closer to election day.
6 posted on 01/01/2010 7:53:20 AM PST by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com)
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To: Clintonfatigued

In many instances; running as a Democrat is a complete waste of money.


7 posted on 01/01/2010 8:01:03 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
“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.

Interesting quote. She seems to be saying that she would not act according to what she thinks is best, presumably because she'd be strong-armed into voting the party line.

If only politicians would represent their constituents...

8 posted on 01/01/2010 8:06:02 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I would question just how formidable any of those candidates really are. The Democrat cupboard is pretty bare right now. Parkinson and Moore are retiring after their current terms, there are no serious opponents for governor or Brownback’s Senate seat, and they only have an outside chance of retaining Kansas 3rd. They may be headed for the wilderness for some time to come.


9 posted on 01/01/2010 8:11:59 AM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: Clintonfatigued

I wish there was some way the Repubs could knock off Charlie Rangel this November. I know that’s more than likely not going to happen, but he’s vulnerable politically because of Ethics Committee Investigations into his finances, and the fact that he will face at least one or two strong primary opponents. We won Rostenkowski’s solidly Dem seat, now occupied by Jesse Jr, in 1994, maybe miracles can happen twice.


10 posted on 01/01/2010 8:14:16 AM PST by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: moose2004

Not in Harlem. However, Rangel may face a strong primary challenger.


11 posted on 01/01/2010 8:15:07 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Adam Clayton Powell IV announced he’d challenge Charlie, and I believe Rangel’s own former Chief of Staff announced a few months ago he’d challenge him as well.


12 posted on 01/01/2010 8:18:09 AM PST by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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To: Non-Sequitur

“They may be headed for the wilderness for some time to come.”

I seem to remember the pundits saying the same thing about a year ago in reference to the Republicans. I think the underlying reality is against all career politicians. Any republican voted back into office better remember that fact or be booted out like the Dems are being eradicated this time around, but then again, we have another 11 months to go in order for them to screw this up like they have since being given the helm in ‘94.


13 posted on 01/01/2010 8:21:45 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: Clintonfatigued; SoldiersPrayingMom; GOP_Lady; PhiKapMom; freekitty; 2ndDivisionVet; exit82; ...

American Patriots, the tsunami picks up steam and more and more patriots today, January 1st. Clean the sewers everywhere you find RATs; send them packing come November. Start putting signs up now. Campaigns begin now.

Dingy Harry, Pelosi and their minions can pound salt as of today.


14 posted on 01/01/2010 8:25:33 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: Clintonfatigued

The man should be in jail making the point of his reelection moot. We all know however that between his enhanced melatonin (albeit barely) and his good standing as a member of the progressive, read Communist and black Caucasus, the only worries he has is where to stash his next illegally obtained pile of loot.


15 posted on 01/01/2010 8:27:30 AM PST by marlon
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To: mazda77

I’d love to see enough Rs and Ds get together and agree that we will elect only new candidates (NO incumbents) who vow to get a Constitutional amendment in the works which will set one term limits on all members of Congress.

It’ll never happen, but with the way both sides are feeling betrayed by our(?) parties, well you know never let a good crisis go to waste.


16 posted on 01/01/2010 9:17:51 AM PST by Darth Reardon (Im running for the US Senate for a simple reason, I want to win a Nobel Peace Prize - Rubio)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

They want their pensions and their healthcare goodies. I say take them away.


17 posted on 01/01/2010 9:22:54 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Non-Sequitur
The typical Democrat appointee is definitely a third-rate part-time hack at best. Most of them seem to have more interest in their personal lives than anything else (cheating on one's own taxes for example, or paying attention to the care and feeding of one's own sexual organs as another example).

Why should it be any better for the candidates.

Claims of Democrat affiliation are down to 27% ~ and although Republicans have long standing institutions at work feeding them mostly suitible candidates despite similar low affiliations, the Democrats don't.

Frankly, the Democrats are doomed to be destroyed this next election. They depend almost exclusively on a march through the chairs of party operation and local political office. The last two decades the guys at the top, the incumbents, have pretty much made it impossible to get bumped off, so their logical successors are still working as local precinct committeemen.

The Democrats have neither candidates nor nominees who are qualified to carry urine in a stainless steel retort without spilling it on their Bucci boots.

18 posted on 01/01/2010 9:24:50 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: moose2004

Won’t they divide the anti-Rangel vote?


19 posted on 01/01/2010 9:29:35 AM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: freekitty

10-4! Take away the goodies and it will revert back to the way the founders designed it.


20 posted on 01/01/2010 9:43:44 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: mazda77

I wish we would. They need to be made accountable.


21 posted on 01/01/2010 9:54:27 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Clintonfatigued; MamaDearest; Free ThinkerNY; flat; unkus; 70th Division; jesseam; ...

RAT incumbents would be wise to head for the hills rather than be disgraced. They earned every shred of disgrace that WILL be heaped upon their anti-American rears.

The tsunami is rolling and We The People are mad as hell! Our proud history never took kindly to treason. It won’t now either.


22 posted on 01/01/2010 10:39:15 AM PST by ExTexasRedhead (Clean the RAT/RINO Sewer in 2010 and 2012)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Good new. But I don’t think rat wins in any of those seats are likely this year (no more ‘next year’) anyway.

With the possible exception of Bilbray in California.

For Lynn Jenkins in Kansas the question is will she have a more conservative primary challenger. She has more to fear from that than the rat.


23 posted on 01/02/2010 1:06:45 AM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN | NO "INDIVIDUAL MANDATE"!!!!!!!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Sorry for the late reply. Powell and Rangel’s former Chief of Staff are going to challenge him for the 2010 Dem nomination, sorry I didn’t make that clear.


24 posted on 01/02/2010 9:57:16 AM PST by moose2004 (Stand up, speak out and stop Obamacare and GE)
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