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Evan Bayh Will Not Seek Reelection, Democrats Scramble For Replacement

February 19, 2010 by  

Evan Bayh will not seek reelection, Democrats scramble for replacementOn Monday, Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh announced that he will not seek reelection in November, a move that may give Republicans yet another opportunity to level the playing field in Congress.

Bayh’s decision blindsided many Democrats, including those in his own state who had already begun working on his campaign, according to The New York Times. The Indiana senator made the announcement in spite of pleas by President Obama and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who both urged Bayh to run for reelection.

At his press conference, Bayh expressed his frustration with partisan politics while stating that the institution of Congress is "in need of serious reform."

"For some time, I have had a growing conviction that Congress is not operating as it should," he said. "There is much too much partisanship and not enough progress. Too much narrow ideology and not enough practical problem solving."

Specifically, Bayh cited his concern with the Senate voting down a bipartisan commission to deal with the federal deficit and his frustration with the recent failed attempts to create a jobs bill.

In November, Democrats will try to defend five seats left vacant by retiring Senators.

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  • Mikerr

    I like it when he was part of the problem and when serving did nothing to stand up for all the foolishness that is going on in Washington. Be a man Bayh and call Barack and his buddies and tell him how out of touch they are with the American people instead of running with your tail between your legs!! Can anybody stand up and fight for the American People before it is too late? Where are our leaders? The poor could fix the problem with fiscal responsibilty but they can’t be elected. Give me one month and I could change the direction with the hard choices that need to be made. I serve on our local council in Illinois and found over $50,000.00 waste in one month that has kept us a float due to the State of Illinois not paying its bill due to the villages. We had to cut and so does the federal government. You can’t spend what you don’t have! How hard is that to figure out. The President and Congress are idiots! Balance the budget that includes paying large amounts to the deficent and forget about all the pork till we are debt free. America wants this.

  • s c

    I don’t live in Indiana, so I don’t know about Bayh. To guess, the political “heat” has been turned up in DC, and some elected rejects know that being ‘elsewhere’ may be the best solution.
    To those who protect elected airheads at any cost, sit back and try to enjoy the show. To those who want justice [not the fake "justice' that ultraliberal progressives rant and rave about], don’t expect to see blood in the streets. To those who want to see common sense prevail in DC, it can’t happen unless we keep a constant eye and a very short leash on those we elect.
    The first bad habit to BREAK is to STOP having absolute faith in ANY political party. BOTH major political parties sold out years ago. If you don’t understand or admit it by now, you will NEVER be a part of any solution.
    As far as I’m concerned, whatever it takes to restore sanity and common sense is the price that must be paid to get REAL CHANGE [not the social engineering 'change' that the Keynesian Kenyan and Motormouth Joe want]. SOLVE THE PROBLEM, America.
    Keep career politicians OUT of Washington.
    Just because it won’t be easy doesn’t mean it’s not a goal worth having. Make that stuff between your ears work. If you don’t want to get involved, start packing and get the #^)( out of America. This is America – not Utopia.

    • JeffH

      s c, I agree wholeheartedly. I guess some of them would save “their” campaign sponge than waste it. May be the first time in modern history that a politician didn’t spend everything and then spend more.
      Why are these Democrats “quitting”? American’s cry for change is starting to take place before our eyes. May the “peasants” rule!

      • Joe H.

        It’s a sad thing, if these rats that are jumping ship really cared for the people and that was the reason they were jumping they would tell the American people that Obummer is the crook he is!!! By not doing so, they are showing me that they are only worried about their own record and don’t want a defeat on their record or the association with Obummer!!!

  • L, USA

    When a man knows God, he is a new creature. He will not forsake his brothers and he will help those in need. Thanks be to God for some who are Republican Senators, Congressman and Representatives.

    • eyeswideopen

      L.USA, You are right, when someone knows God, they will act more like liberals and not forsake their brothers and will help those in need. I think you may be signed up with the wrong party. Jesus was the perfect Liberal.

  • Roberta Hegener

    I guess there is always an easier way …

  • AddictingInfo

    The party of NO is not helping this country in any way!

  • burete

    Trust me on that one. I’ve put up with a hell of a lot from evil people, dumb people and monstrous people in my young life. I find life painfully long and certain people, from the rude folks, the racist folks and the sociopaths to the downright stupid people, make it longer.


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