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Rockefeller won't seek re-election
AP via MSNBC ^ | January 11, 2013 | JOHN RABY, LAWRENCE MESSINA

Posted on 01/11/2013 7:23:31 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.

The 75-year-old Democrat's decision, coming at a time when his popularity in a conservative state had been waning for sparring with the powerful mining industry and supporting President Barack Obama, told The Associated Press ahead of his formal announcement that it was time to retire.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 113th; rockefeller; senate

1 posted on 01/11/2013 7:23:39 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Because he was going to lose miserable after attacking the coal industry last summer. Once Congresswomen Shelly Moore-Caputo jumped into the race and the first polls taken already showed she had a lead, the writing was on the wall.

The bad news is the if Rock would have run, there is no way he could has signed onto gun control and stood a chance in West Virgina. Now he is free to be his liberal gun grabbing self...

2 posted on 01/11/2013 7:29:01 AM PST by apillar
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Praise the lord!


3 posted on 01/11/2013 7:29:14 AM PST by TheRhinelander
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

THIS IS BIG NEWS.

Jay Rockefeller is one of the biggest, most powerful demo libs in the u.s. senate. He was unbeatable due to the pork her brought to WV.

This is a HUGE opportunity for the Republican Party to claim his seat.


4 posted on 01/11/2013 7:30:05 AM PST by mountaineer1997
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Well, we knew this was coming!


5 posted on 01/11/2013 7:30:55 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: mountaineer1997

Please. We can’t even win Indiana or North Dakota.


6 posted on 01/11/2013 7:32:53 AM PST by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny.)
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To: apillar

Shelly Moore-Caputo is a RINO.

The GOP Establishment will see to it that a GENUINE conservative never wins this seat.


7 posted on 01/11/2013 7:35:19 AM PST by Perkalong (GOP 2013 = Whigs 1856)
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To: apillar

Jay, if I am not mistaken, does own one of those nasty AR type “Assault Weapons” There was an article some years back on this. Cannot locate now.....


8 posted on 01/11/2013 7:41:47 AM PST by Itchen
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sen. Big Oil is finally going to retire.

In case the majority of you guys are not aware Jay’s real name is John D. Rockefeller IV, great-grandson of Standard Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller.


9 posted on 01/11/2013 7:47:38 AM PST by Eric Roelfsema
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Good riddance to this idiot!


10 posted on 01/11/2013 8:40:38 AM PST by Buddy Sorrell ( John Boehner is our Pierre Laval. We need a Charles DeGaulle.)
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To: Eric Roelfsema

Sen. Big Oil is finally going to retire.

In case the majority of you guys are not aware Jay’s real name is John D. Rockefeller IV, great-grandson of Standard Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller.

Not to mention all of the ties this human slime has to the NWO types...


11 posted on 01/11/2013 9:54:36 AM PST by GraceG
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To: MattinNJ; mountaineer1997

Not when our candidates fail to engage their brain before speaking and consider how their comments will be used against them. 2014 is a real opportunity, but the GOP needs better candidates. Several red states, MT, AK,SD, LA, and AR in addition to WV could provide enough to gain control of the Senate - don’t really see any Republicans at risk. Off year election should favor the GOP. Who knows, maybe even MN will wake up and vote the clown out.


12 posted on 01/11/2013 12:03:53 PM PST by LibertyOh
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To: LibertyOh

I hope you are right but we had some pretty good candidates thar lost.


13 posted on 01/11/2013 11:17:57 PM PST by MattinNJ (It's over Johnny.)
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