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Another senator planning to retire [Jeff Bingaman, (D-NM)]
The Boston Globe / The Associated Press ^ | February 19, 2011

Posted on 02/18/2011 11:05:35 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

ALBUQUERQUE — As Senator Jeff Bingaman shook hands of those congratulating him on his years of service, he turned to the crowd and said: “Sure seems like a wake in here, doesn’t it?’’

The 67-year-old Democrat announced yesterday that he would retire after the end of his current term, which ends in two years. The decision was the latest in a string of departures to hit congressional Democrats as they head to the 2012 elections.....

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


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: bingaman; congress; globaltax; jeffbingaman; newmexico; senate; tobintax
What's the odds there of a GOP pick-up?
1 posted on 02/18/2011 11:05:42 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It looks good.... the Democrats are losing red and purple state seats - that favors a certain GOP Senate takeover in 2012.


2 posted on 02/19/2011 12:20:23 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

NM is much redder than it was a few years ago.

Bad news for the ‘rats. I suspect that Bingaman doesn’t like being in the minority...and one of the perps of the still to be determined demise of this country.


3 posted on 02/19/2011 12:22:45 AM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’sa greenie-—good riddance.

Bingaman seems to win his elections very easily so I have to wonder if a conservative could win the seat.

On the other hand, NM just elected Susana Martinez governor. She seems to be rather conservative. Hopefully, there is another individual from the right who could run to replace Bingaman. How about Steve Pearce-—how is he working out in the House?

The other question-—who will run on the Dem side? Has Bill Richardson expressed any interest in the Senate?


4 posted on 02/19/2011 12:22:54 AM PST by Scanian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Pretty good


5 posted on 02/19/2011 12:25:11 AM PST by woofie
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To: Scanian

I think NM is really sick of Richardson and he is movin on up


6 posted on 02/19/2011 12:27:30 AM PST by woofie
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There are a lot of career 'rats jumping ship. All this tells me is that they have a full understanding of the magnitude of the disaster they have foisted on America for personal gain, and they are getting out with their piece of the pie.

The Republicans who inherit Congress are going to have to make swift and sweeping changes, risking insurrection on the part of the unions, the liberals, and the parasites, in order to begin to turn things around, and the Conservatives will be blamed for the mess, even though it is already in the works.

The only buffer will be State-level action to mitigate the mess the Federal Government is attempting to foist upon us all. Failure to take the risks (politically) necessary to get that done will only lead to greater problems down the line, and quite possibly rioting and bloodshed.

EVERY battle is important, not just to the area in which we live, but to the nation in the long run.

7 posted on 02/19/2011 1:20:36 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Congresswoman Heather Wilson looks like the early favorite. She looks generally good but has a few bad votes. She’s not good on immigration and she voted for Bush impeachment hearings for lying about WMDs. But she’s ok with the Patriot Act and warrant-less wiretaps and has a 10% NARAL rating. Voted no on GM bailout.


8 posted on 02/19/2011 2:04:14 AM PST by byteback
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To: goldstategop

foget the GOP folks.. it is time to http://www.GOOOH.com


9 posted on 02/19/2011 4:27:38 AM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Probably a little less than 50-50. If they are smart they will find a good Hispanic Candidate like they did for Governor.


10 posted on 02/19/2011 4:39:56 AM PST by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Great news! We get rid of another Demo-Socialist. NM elected a conservative woman as governor (Susana Martinez) so there is a good chance Bingaman’s replacement will be a conservative.


11 posted on 02/19/2011 5:44:13 AM PST by pleikumud
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Remember all of the speculation right after the election as to who the Tea party ought to target in the next election?? I felt then it was too early to set any real goals because we had to see who would be staying and who would be retiring.

While I am not surprised to see the exodus taking place, it is proceeding a lot faster than I could ever have hoped. The earlier these guys announce they are not going to run gives the Tea Party more time to come up with good, competitive candidates and let them start raising some campaign cash early.

Keep those retirement announcements coming..!!


12 posted on 02/19/2011 5:49:20 AM PST by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: byteback
Congresswoman Heather Wilson looks like the early favorite.

Please don't say that. She is so insipid that in a debate she would lose to a cockroach running across the stage floor. Domenici could have passed is legacy on to someone with just a bit more personality. Also, hate to mention this but we are talking about New Mexico, and so one has to wonder just what exactly are her Hispanic credentials.

13 posted on 02/19/2011 6:21:51 AM PST by AndyJackson
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Another senator planning to retire [Jeff Bingaman, (D-NM)]

As resident of NM, I applaud his decision of Senator Bingaman to retire!!


14 posted on 02/19/2011 6:46:27 AM PST by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These RATS are very smart. Jumping ship now in advance of the conservative tsunami started this past November and continuing now in Wisconsin and other places. The second wave comes in 2014 when we keep the House and take the Senate and the Presidency.

Who could blame them?


15 posted on 02/19/2011 7:52:31 AM PST by upchuck (When excerpting please use the entire 300 words we are allowed. No more one or two sentence posts!)
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so glad they are leaving after screwing everything up.


16 posted on 02/19/2011 8:02:05 AM PST by Sophia777
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

dont let the door hit you in the @$$ on the way out.


17 posted on 02/19/2011 8:11:13 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Quix

Any interest?


18 posted on 02/19/2011 2:48:47 PM PST by presently no screen name
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To: presently no screen name

I railed at him about the horrible food supplements bill and he sent me back a bunch of globalist rationalilzations stuff. I new he was a hideous traitor to begin with. That sure proved it.


19 posted on 02/19/2011 4:00:38 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: presently no screen name

I think the longer ‘serving’ traitorous DEMS know what’s coming down the pike and are getting out while they can.


20 posted on 02/19/2011 4:01:23 PM PST by Quix (Times are a changin' INSURE you have believed in your heart & confessed Jesus as Lord Come NtheFlesh)
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To: AndyJackson
All I can find so far is a PPP poll that includes Gary Johnson who says he's not running.

February 4-6, 2011

In the race to take on Bingaman or his replacement on the Democratic ticket if he retires, former Congresswoman Heather Wilson has 35% to Johnson’s 27%, with Congressman Steve Pearce at 17%, Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler and Secretary of State Dianna Duran at 6% apiece, Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez at 4%, and 6% favoring someone else or unsure.

Mostly Presidential Questions though on this poll

21 posted on 02/19/2011 5:20:02 PM PST by byteback
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To: dixiechick2000
and one of the perps of the still to be determined demise of this country

As a lesson in how to destroy a republic, wouldn't it be instructive to have a list of the major laws he voted for? The jerk was a rat senator for 30 years and voted for dozens of laws that chipped away at the foundation of our society and country.

22 posted on 02/19/2011 5:36:12 PM PST by Jacquerie (What a government loses in moral authority will be made up with force.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This is a real surprise, and people in NM think of Bingaman as the WV voters did of Robert C. Byrd, but I don’t know if Bingaman actually brought home the federal speding. That WV kept the seat Democrat may apply to NM too.


23 posted on 02/19/2011 9:08:33 PM PST by Theodore R.
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“The jerk was a rat senator for 30 years and voted for dozens of laws that chipped away at the foundation of our society and country.”

I totally agree with you. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

It’s nice to see you. ;o)


24 posted on 02/19/2011 11:47:01 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: Theodore R.

Teddy...I think things have changed in NM as they’ve changed in WI. Maybe you should look at that?

I would love to see your analysis between those two states.


25 posted on 02/19/2011 11:49:34 PM PST by dixiechick2000 ("First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Gandhi)
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To: dixiechick2000

Likewise!


26 posted on 02/20/2011 2:44:13 AM PST by Jacquerie (What a government loses in moral authority will be made up with force.)
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To: upchuck

Why wait until 2014? I wanta take it all in 2012.


27 posted on 02/20/2011 6:02:07 PM PST by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a liberal is like teaching algebra to a tomcat.)
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