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Breaking: Jay Rockefeller to retire in 2014
Hotair ^ | 01/11/2013 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 01/11/2013 7:50:14 AM PST by SeekAndFind

It didn't take long for the first retirement of the 2014 election cycle to occur. Jay Rockefeller, who has won five Senate elections in West Virginia but seen his state turn deeply conservative, will announce today that 30 years is enough:

Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller will not run for reelection in 2014, passing up a bid for a sixth term and putting in play a Senate seat in deep red West Virginia.

In an interview with POLITICO, Rockefeller — the chairman of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and one of the most senior Senate Democrats — said he had been wrestling with the question of whether to run again since October but had not made up his mind to retire until very recently.

“I’m going to serve out my term,” the 75-year-old Rockefeller said. “It was a very hard decision for me. Once it’s made, like any hard decision, it eases up. But it was a very tough decision for me.”

Rockefeller is scheduled to make a formal announcement at 11 a.m. back home in West Virginia.

Rockefeller said he decided to go public with his retirement now — one that is sure to shake up the 2014 Senate landscape — because it felt like the right move and because he didn’t want months of public speculation over his political future.

Just a few hours earlier, Roll Call wrote a lengthy analysis that explains why Rockefeller decided to retire at the relatively young age of 75 … at least in the Senate:

Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s close ties to President Barack Obama could end his Senate career — should the West Virginia Democrat choose to run for re-election in 2014.

Rockefeller hasn’t had a close race in 30 years. But his strong support for Obama’s agenda in a state where the president remains deeply unpopular, combined with Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito’s decision to run for Senate, could prove enough to undermine the political career of a Democratic icon who has endured even as West Virginia has grown more and more conservative.

“There’s been no doubt on his absolute support of Barack Obama,” West Virginia GOP Chairman Conrad Lucas said, explaining why this race would be different from previous Republican Senate bids.

Rockefeller won his first Senate contest in 1984 with 52 percent of the vote and has won every race since with at least 63 percent. And with a stranglehold on the governor’s mansion and the Legislature, the West Virginia Democratic Party remains more powerful than its Republican counterpart.

But the Mountain State hasn’t voted Democrat for president since 1996, and unlike popular Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, a recent former governor who was first sent to Capitol Hill in 2010, Rockefeller has a long and politically troublesome Washington voting record that Republicans can use against him. He has been a strong supporter of the health care overhaul, to name one major component of Obama’s agenda derided by West Virginians.

It would be different because of the competition, too. Moore Capito has a lot more experience in running for office in West Virginia than previous candidates. She may not be a Tea Party darling — at least not yet — but she has been an effective campaigner in the state. It certainly seems to have provided the impetus to drive Rockefeller into retirement in a state that kept re-electing Robert Byrd even when it became clear he wasn’t up to the task.

This may not be all bad news for the White House, however. They were likely to lose the seat in the midterms, and it’s probably certain now that they will. But this means that Rockefeller doesn’t have to spend the next two years looking over his shoulder and shifting to the right to protect his seat. For the next two years, Rockefeller can vote without any accountability to the more conservative voters in West Virginia. The good news for Republicans won’t come until 2015 at the earliest.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 2014election; elections; jayrockfeller; notbreakingnews; retirement; westvirginia
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1 posted on 01/11/2013 7:50:18 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Mission Accomplished


2 posted on 01/11/2013 7:55:26 AM PST by ILS21R (Everything is a conspiracy. No? You're living in one.)
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To: SeekAndFind

R+1 (No RINO allowed)


3 posted on 01/11/2013 7:56:27 AM PST by Obadiah (It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Another old rat bites the dust!


4 posted on 01/11/2013 7:56:36 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Doesn’t our government give him hundreds of millions a year because he rents his building to the UN?


5 posted on 01/11/2013 8:02:15 AM PST by edcoil (Manage your own lawsuit: www.jurisdictionary.com?refercode=KK0012)
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To: Obadiah

Don’t count on it. West Virginia has disappointed in the past and may do so again. All the Dems need is a tough-talking regular guy Dem like Manchin to shoot a bullet through Obamacare regulations and they’ll vote for him even if he then goes on to vote with the Dems 90%+ of the time.


6 posted on 01/11/2013 8:04:35 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

bttt


7 posted on 01/11/2013 8:05:47 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: SeekAndFind

Good riddance.


8 posted on 01/11/2013 8:06:33 AM PST by Montanabound
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To: SeekAndFind

Another champion of the working man...


9 posted on 01/11/2013 8:08:02 AM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: SeekAndFind

Not a decade too soon.....


10 posted on 01/11/2013 8:11:37 AM PST by clintonh8r (Happy to be represented by Lt. Col. Allen West)
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To: SeekAndFind

What is it about these politicians that work into their 70s, 80s and 90s? It’s probably because being a politician is not really “working” the way we think of it. There is pressure and stress to be sure but these people are really just paid BS artists.


11 posted on 01/11/2013 8:14:27 AM PST by plain talk
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To: SeekAndFind

Rockefeller can vote without any accountability ....

Sounds like congressional business as usual to me....


12 posted on 01/11/2013 8:14:47 AM PST by mom4melody
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To: Opinionated Blowhard

I disagree. I think Obama’s coal policies coupled with Manchin’s gun double-cross easily give us a pick up.

Now, I won’t say that the GOP could EASILY screw this up...


13 posted on 01/11/2013 8:15:27 AM PST by Obadiah (It is when a people forget God, that tyrants forge their chains.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems like with his resources he could have done something constructive with his life.


14 posted on 01/11/2013 8:15:58 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie (Actually, they lie when it suits them! The crooked MS media must be defeated any way it can be done!)
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To: SeekAndFind

translation: I am about to cast a vote on gun control that will effectively end my political career in West Virginia.


15 posted on 01/11/2013 8:16:57 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind

Time to board the lobbyist gravy train.


16 posted on 01/11/2013 8:20:19 AM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Obadiah

If memory serves me, this blowhard hipocritter also owns one of those AR 15 “assault weapons” Cannot find the old article ...some years back.


17 posted on 01/11/2013 8:24:30 AM PST by Itchen
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To: Mr. Lucky

Another ultra-wealthy liberal Democrat, with all of his wealth tax protected through various trusts, who loves to tell entrepreneurs how they’re not paying their “fair share”. If the socialist revolution ever came to America in all its glory, iconic families like the Kennedys, Rockefellers and Duponts would be the first to face the guillotine. There were wealthy do-gooders in revolutionary France who also mistakenly thought that they would escape the wrath of the socialist mob because of their good intentions.

Louis Philippe Joseph d’Orléans (13 April 1747, – 6 November 1793) commonly known as Philippe, was a member of a cadet branch of the House of Bourbon, the ruling dynasty of France. He actively supported the French Revolution and adopted the name Philippe Égalité, but was nonetheless guillotined during the Reign of Terror.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Philip_II,_Duke_of_Orléans


18 posted on 01/11/2013 8:25:28 AM PST by littleharbour
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19 posted on 01/11/2013 8:25:51 AM PST by RedMDer (Those that believe in gun free zones should wear GUN FREE ZONE T-SHIRTS.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Can we pick his tomb?


20 posted on 01/11/2013 8:26:26 AM PST by bmwcyle (We have gone over the cliff and we are about to hit the bottom)
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To: IbJensen

I had thought he had already passed on.

But the corpse of Frank Lautenberg keeps showing up for votes, so actually living is not a requirement to “serve” in the US Senate.

At least Daniel Inouye had the good grace to stop coming to the Senate when he died.


21 posted on 01/11/2013 8:28:33 AM PST by alloysteel (Bronco Bama - the cowboy who whooped up and widened the stampede.)
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To: plain talk

He’s John Davidson Rockefeller IV. He never had to “work” a day in his life.

While public service by anyone is admirable (even a trust fund kid whose great-grandfather was the richest man in history), for the good of the order, give it a rest after a term or two and step aside (not five terms plus two terms in the WV Governor’s mansion). You’re not the only one with ideas.


22 posted on 01/11/2013 8:32:03 AM PST by mkboyce
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To: edcoil

No reason to worry. This uber rich leftist must certainly be paying his fair share.

Right?


23 posted on 01/11/2013 8:34:59 AM PST by DPMD
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To: SeekAndFind
Jay Rockefeller, who has won five Senate elections in West Virginia but seen his state turn deeply conservative, will announce today that 30 years is enough:

30 years was 29 too much for this One World Liberal. He should go live in the UN building in NYC that sits on the land that his family donated to the organization in hopes of furthering their goal of a one world government with the Bilderbergers and Tri-Laterals at the helm.

24 posted on 01/11/2013 8:40:34 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: mkboyce

Talking about someone like Rockefeller and his time in the Senate as “public service” is a joke. I know you probably meant it in a general sense. However, most of these people are not there to “serve” anyone but themselves. Same goes for the House. It would be hard to find more than 5 or 10 members of Congress who really, truly, do it to serve their constituents and the United States of America.

Anytime they decide to leave, we always hear about how proud they were to “serve.” As if it was the same thing as fighting in the military. In actuality, they are proud that they got to line their pockets, be surrounded by yes men, and generally got the royal treatment for so many years. That’s it.

Sorry, not trying to pick on you. Just a peeve of mine.


25 posted on 01/11/2013 8:46:55 AM PST by GnL
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To: SeekAndFind
Breaking: Jay Rockefeller ...
Breaking news ... really? How about - who gives a rat's @ss.
26 posted on 01/11/2013 8:47:51 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Obadiah

Hope really does spring eternal, doesn’t it?


27 posted on 01/11/2013 8:51:00 AM PST by conductor john (from jersey)
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To: DPMD
This uber rich leftist must certainly be paying his fair share.

The uber rich shelter their spending money in tax-exempt "charitable" foundations.

28 posted on 01/11/2013 8:56:47 AM PST by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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To: Itchen

Jay Rockefeller Aristocrat believes in “guns for me but not for thee”. He bought an AR-15 days before AWB 1994 went into effect then boasted about keeping it behind his bedroom door. He could give arrogance lessons to both the Cuomos.


29 posted on 01/11/2013 8:58:25 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Rockefeller
30 posted on 01/11/2013 9:03:33 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro can't pass E-verify)
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To: SeekAndFind

I predict there is 0 chance the Republicans pick this up.


31 posted on 01/11/2013 9:07:23 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

I predict there is 0 chance the Republicans pick this up.


32 posted on 01/11/2013 9:07:34 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

If we can keep Rove out of it, we can pick up this Senate seat in 2014.

The Dems have to defend 20 Senate seats next year, and Obama is making that a very difficult task.


33 posted on 01/11/2013 9:11:14 AM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: SeekAndFind

It could be a pickup ... IF the GOP nominee isn’t a neophyte with a tendency to spike the whole effort with a Tourette’s moment about rape.


34 posted on 01/11/2013 9:27:33 AM PST by ScottinVA (More dizzying than a Tilt-a-Whirl is an around-a-circle argument with a liberal about gun control.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Rockefeller had the advantages of unlimited funds and big seniority, which allowed him to bring back lots of pork. Those are hard to resist.

If the Dems have to put up a freshman candidate, even if well known from other political positions, then the odds should be a lot better.

Is this the Rockefeller who was ClintBillies secret father? Or was that his father? My memory of those rumors is a bit faded. Just a rumor, but it helped explain the Hot Springs gangster connections when Billy was a teenager.


35 posted on 01/11/2013 9:32:53 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: nickcarraway
"I predict there is 0 chance the Republicans pick this up."

Pretty much sums it up despite WV being red in presidential elections. The last Republican to win state wide was Governor Cecil Underwood, who greatly benefited from a divisive democratic primary that caused a Rat party split.

The next Senator will either be Congressman Nick Joe Rahall or Governor Earl Ray Tomlin. GOP Congresswoman Shirley Moore Capito has announced she will run for Rockefeller's seat, but lets face it, she would struggle to top 40 percent of the vote.

36 posted on 01/11/2013 9:34:33 AM PST by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: nickcarraway

RE: I predict there is 0 chance the Republicans pick this up.

Why so pessimistic seeing how West Virginia went Romney in 2012?


37 posted on 01/11/2013 9:39:00 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Cicero

RE: Rockefeller had the advantages of unlimited funds and big seniority, which allowed him to bring back lots of pork. Those are hard to resist.

Well, former KKK Grand Wizard Robert Byrd was exactly the same way. He had his seat for life.

He who brings home the pork brings home the senate bacon.

That’s just the way it works in these United States. All Politics is local.


38 posted on 01/11/2013 9:42:39 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: nickcarraway

Shelley Moore Capito is interested in running:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1112/84244.html

The current governor of WV is a Democrat - Earl Ray Tomblin. He might be tapped to run.

Manchin, former governor, now senator, appointed a placeholder for Senator after Robert Byrd passed away in June, 2010. Manchin ran and won Byrd’s seat in a special election held a couple months after Byrd died. The two month time frame didn’t give a Republican the chance to declare and get a campaign up and running.

This time around, things should be different. Moore Capito is a huge champion of coal and the attacks on the 2nd Amendment should rally the troops to the Republican.

Manchin championed the 2nd Amendment, but right after Sandy Hook, he advocated for stricter gun laws and has caught a lot of flack for it. Hopefully West Virginians have seen the light and know not to trust a Democrat again.


39 posted on 01/11/2013 9:43:11 AM PST by randita
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To: Montanabound

You beat me to it.


40 posted on 01/11/2013 9:49:13 AM PST by peter the great
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To: SeekAndFind

Maybe WV can get it right next time.


41 posted on 01/11/2013 9:52:02 AM PST by crosshairs (They are only assault weapons in the hands of tyrannical governments and criminals. Ban both.)
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To: edcoil

Doesn’t our government give him hundreds of millions a year because he rents his building to the UN?

Rockefeller Clan is nothing more than NWO/UN schills...


42 posted on 01/11/2013 9:55:45 AM PST by GraceG
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To: SeekAndFind; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Good riddance to this 'RAT turd!

West Virginia GOP: PLEASE give us a decent conservative candidate like Ted Cruz of Texas. Don't run a left-leaning RINO, nor conservative losers like Akin or Mourdock.

43 posted on 01/11/2013 10:12:22 AM PST by nutmeg (FUBO!)
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To: SeekAndFind; StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; ...
Good riddance to this 'RAT turd!

West Virginia GOP: PLEASE give us a decent conservative candidate like Ted Cruz of Texas. Don't run a left-leaning RINO, nor conservative losers like Akin or Mourdock.

44 posted on 01/11/2013 10:13:13 AM PST by nutmeg (FUBO!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why so pessimistic seeing how West Virginia went Romney in 2012?

...and picked up only one state-wide position (AG) even though people were already splitting their ballots.

Now that WV 1 has turned R, Capito might be able to make it interesting, but she doesn't have Raese type money.

45 posted on 01/11/2013 10:52:51 AM PST by Roccus
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To: SeekAndFind

Good to see an elitist step down but unfortunately after a lot of damage was done !


46 posted on 01/11/2013 11:49:39 AM PST by CORedneck
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To: randita

Hasn’t she lost 10 statewide races already? If Republicans couldn’t win a statewide race, even in favorable years. As far as statewide nonpreidential racrs , West Virginia is bluer than California or New York. And 2014 is likely to be a heavily Democratic year.


47 posted on 01/11/2013 3:17:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: randita

Hasn’t she lost 10 statewide races already? If Republicans couldn’t win a statewide race, even in favorable years. As far as statewide nonpreidential racrs , West Virginia is bluer than California or New York. And 2014 is likely to be a heavily Democratic year.


48 posted on 01/11/2013 3:17:49 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Obadiah
R+1

I won't count our seats until the election!! The candidate that we might get could do a Todd Aiken a week before the election.

49 posted on 01/24/2013 9:14:25 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (More Republicans stayed home then the margin of victory of O's Win...)
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To: randita
The two month time frame didn’t give a Republican the chance to declare and get a campaign up and running.

That doesn't explain John Raese's dismal failure to defeat Munchkin in 2012 ...

No, the real problem here is that the WV demonicRats have a well-oiled porkbarrel political machine, and the WV republicans can't campaign their way out of a wet paper bag.

To make matters worse, certain supposedly conservative, supposedly pro-freedom national associations give top ratings and glowing endorsements to disingenuous 'Rats.

50 posted on 01/24/2013 9:29:04 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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