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GOP’s Second-Ranking Senator Announces Retirement

February 11, 2011 by  

GOP's second-ranking Senator announces retirementSenate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) has announced that he will retire when his current term expires in 2012.

According to ABC News, Kyl formally revealed his retirement plans at a Feb. 10 press conference at the Phoenix Airport Marriott. With the announcement, the 68-year-old joins four other lawmakers who recently decided to step down: Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Jim Webb (D-Va.).

The news provider reported that Kyl had only $619,000 in his campaign funds last month, which pales in comparison to the $16 million he had raised before his 2006 re-election. Kyl, who is currently the No. 2 Republican in the Senate behind Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), served four terms in the House of Representatives before his election to the Senate in 2000.

"He's leaving now at the top of his game, he has money in the bank, and he’s one of the few long-term incumbents who doesn’t face a Tea Party challenge," a senior Senate GOP aide told FOX News.

The news provider reported that officials from both political parties have already begun to speculate on potential candidates to fill Kyl's office, including Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former Democratic governor of Arizona. In addition, some pundits have considered the candidacy of Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who is rapidly recovering from a gunshot wound stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Ariz.

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  • s c

    I’m not sure about Kyl. In a way, he’s getting out of Dodge City before he has to defend his actions. To hear an aide say that Kyl has ‘money in the bank’ makes me wonder who’s more of a liability to the American people – Kyl or that aide.
    On the whole, if the GOP is facing a shake-up, it’s OK with me. ‘Republicans’ need a healthy dose of comeuppance. If it takes bruised feelings, new faces or a wholesale fumigation to get the job done, then let’s get things started.
    Mr. Kyl, please take McCain with you. Hopefully, you earned your retirement, and you’re not just another career bureaucrat who never should have been in Washington.

    • Al Sieber

      You got that right, we’re not to fond of him here either.

    • Wanda Murline

      Sorry, but I don’t think any of these people have “earned” their retirement…especially the way their retirements are set up. They can serve as little as one term and then they are paid their entire salary from then on…that is one hell of a retirement. I suggest that we take the feds retirement, including all past and present, and dump their funds into social security and they can draw out a check from the feds each month and their total check will be calculated at the same rates their bosses (the American tax payer) gets his check…and not until age 66 which is the current age…oh yeah, that goes for the government employees also, which includes the teacher’s unions.

      • Granny Mae

        Wanda,

        That is a fantastic idea !

  • Kris

    I QUESTION WHY SO MANY ARE LEAVING OFFICE NOW. iS IT BECAUSE THE END OF THIS COUNTRY IS LOOMING SO FAST, THEY WANT TO TAKE WHAT THEY HAVE AND GET THE HELL OUT? AFTER DESTROYING THIS COUNTRY THEY WANT TO JUMP SHIP AND FLEE, LEAVING THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY TO FIGHT OFF THE COMING INVASION AND DIE FOR WHAT THESE AZZHOLES HAVE DONE TO OUR COUNTRY! HUSSAIN IS PACKING THIS COUNTRY WITH MUSLIMS. HE BRINGS 100′S OF THOUSANDS OVER HERE EVERY YEAR AND IT IS THOSE WE WILL HAVE TO FIGHT. A CALIPHATE WILL HAPPEN IN THE EAST AND ISRAEL WILL BE DESTROYED AND EVERY JEW KILLED. SO FOR YOU JEWS WHO VOTED FOR THE DESTROYER, I THINK YOU SHOULD MOVE TO ISRAEL AND REAP THE RESULTS OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO AMERICA AND ISRAEL! OUR COUNTRY IS LOST.

    • s c

      Kris, I don’t agree that America is lost. However,
      because we have let ourselves be ruled by career criminals for so long (elected and otherwise), the cost in lives, time and money it will take to correct this abomination will be incredibly expensive.
      To make matters worse, part of the “cost” will be the effort it will take re-educate social engineers and their bed pals so America won’t have to go endure such insanity again. I would like to assume that we won’t have to go through another ‘civil war,’ but as long as we have open borders, an incompetent prez, an airhead vp and a Congress full of useful idiots, that possibility can’t be ruled out.

    • Granny Mae

      Kris,

      You may have hit closer to the truth than you think !

  • Wanda Murline

    Never,ever give up. If we must fight to preserve our freedoms, so be it. That is what our forefathers did and we are not any better than they were. Did you know that most of the signers of the Constitution were killed? Maybe, these people are getting out, but that is okay, we will continue as long as the Patriots will stand and fight for our freedoms. I hope you are one of them.

  • barbm

    hutchison is no great loss. she’s been one of the biggest when it comes to pork barrel/ear mark requests. she also believes abortion is okay. she’s a zachary which is the largest construction company in texas. the zachary company got the contract for dredging the mexican ports so ships could off-load goods there to be carried by truck to the u.s. and canada. this would put a lot of u.s. longshoremen and truckers out of work. she should’ve abstained from voting on anything to do with that stupid highway that rhino rick perry was pushing. he was trying to take people’s property to put that intercontinental highway through texas.

  • http://com i41

    Kris, the reason the Jews support democraps, is because they lived under dictators for centuries and when they landed here they fell into the socialist sphere of democrats. It is really had to break the multi generational ties in their histories. Chuck U Schumer is a clasic Jew, an elitist who never did anything in life, go to schhol, college and get into politics. When ever I get information begging for money for jewish people I will write on the envelope quit voting for socialist democrats, or I call them and ask them why the hell the vote for dems when they sell you out to the goat abusing pervert? They democrats are caring, retort is usally do you idoits like wearing a burka? Which is going to happen over here is people of several states don’t keep out Shria law and mosques from being built all over.

    • Granny Mae

      i41,

      You are in the ball park, keep hitting the ball.

  • CJM

    How is it that these folks get to keep the campaign monies raised for their own personal use? At least that is what the article implies. Any unused funds should be turned oover to covering the national debt (since they are responsible for the inflation). Seems that rats always scurry to abandon ship but these rats fail to recognize the resiliency of the American people.

  • http://com i41

    Because it is in their next camaign war chest. Years ago it was supposed to be taxed as a earned income. It was 30 years ago when the Conserveation Reserve Program was created to pay farmers to idle land,to do nothing, and they would have to claim as earned come as wage earners have to when they get any money, as it planned for left over campaign funds. Of course we all know it never happens to make Congress scum bags paying taxes.

  • Sallybe

    The core of our problem (when it comes to electing the right people) is that too few patriots give enough support ($$$ and time) for the REAL conservatives. We are told over and over that “he/she is unelectable.” HUH??? Says who???

    The big $$$ (and the RNC $$$) goes to RINOS – still!! – so we are going to have to do what the B.O. folks did. Work hard to get millions in small donations and volunteer campaign time for the Duncan Hunters, the Mike Pences, the Jim DeMints.

    • Sallybe

      Let me add Allen West to that list.

  • http://com i41

    There was ACORN for soros socialists, what is the best way to combat corruption? Of the New and Impoved Union of Slubs Thugs and their marxist/communist handlers of the democrap party? Corruption, thuggery, vote rigging, and perversion are all hall marks of the the soros socialist democrat party.

  • Steve

    i41, good post and true..What really has to be known is that our juvenile president is committed to his mentors teachings,Saul Alinsky. The activist president, if you take the time to read Alinsky’s book, Rules for Radicals, 1971, is on the very path to destroy this country. I know the first thought will be Im a conspiracy freak, but not, and yes I do hear Glenn Beck, but lately with this Egypt protest, obamas actions spoke for many things that are happening here in our country. Andy Stern has a backdoor pass along with George Soros to the White House. Stern’s,SEIU Union is growing by leaps and bounds with over 2.2 million members. Much of our taxpayer money has been ratholed over to Stern. These thugs will soon bring the union to the security joke workers in our airports. Soros, is quietly working over the foundation of countries in order to cause disruption. Our ill advised president, basis his whole career on disruption, disruption covered by phony change, such as a bankrupting Health Care plan that as Nancy Pelosi was asked whats in it, she brayed ..”we wont know, until we implement it”. When we wise up to what this president is doing, we may be already on our knees. One thing for certain…Obama, started his 2012 presidential campaign on the backs of the Egyptian protestors, with his almost, I told Mabarak he must go speech, and he directed it to the youth of our country whom he is cultivating. Read Alinsky, I would bet you already have. This obama has to be stopped for the sake of the preservation of this very country and what it stands for…

  • Sharon

    Obuma needs to be impeached, but we know the Senate with the majority of Demos will not even consider it.
    Where is the CIA on this?

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