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2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills
Politico ^

Posted on 04/23/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

2014 retirements: Dems heading for the hills By: Alexander Burns April 23, 2013 04:49 PM EDT

Doesn’t anyone want to run for Senate in 2014?

Midway through candidate recruitment season, the bad news for Democrats is this: They are watching a generation of talent leave the Senate and head for retirement.

The less-bad news: So far, few marquee-name Republicans are interested in these seats either.

When Montana Sen. Max Baucus called it quits on Tuesday, he became the latest in a long series of senior legislators to announce that they’ve had quite enough of life on the Hill. National Democrats are now banking on former Gov. Brian Schweitzer to enter the race in order to keep the seat in Democratic hands.

They face a similar situation in Michigan, where Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin’s retirement has the party looking to Rep. Gary Peters as its savior, and in South Dakota, where they hope former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin or U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson can mount a strong campaign in the absence of retiring Sen. Tim Johnson, who chairs the Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee.

And those aren’t the only ultra-senior senators leaving the chamber after 2014: Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Tom Harkin of Iowa have also decided to call it a career.

New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who at 89 is the last World War II veteran serving in the Senate, has also announced he will not run again.

For Democrats, the result is a wide swath of open-seat races where well-funded incumbents once stood. More often than not, they are counting on a single high-value recruit — or perhaps two — to stave off big Republican gains.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Michigan; US: Montana; US: New Jersey; US: South Dakota; US: West Virginia
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014election; 2014midterms; 2016election; brendanjohnson; brianschweitzer; carllevin; elderly; election2014; election2016; franklautenberg; garypeters; hersethsandlin; iowa; jayrockefeller; maxbaucus; michigan; montana; newjersey; seniors; southdakota; timjohnson; tomharkin; westvirginia

1 posted on 04/23/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
They are watching a generation of talent leave the Senate

Are you serious? TALENT?

2 posted on 04/23/2013 6:08:29 PM PDT by laweeks
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To: laweeks

They caused Obamacare. Their time is come in 2014.


3 posted on 04/23/2013 6:12:33 PM PDT by struggle
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To: laweeks

I think that’s what the commie libs call corruption these days. “Talent”.


4 posted on 04/23/2013 6:12:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (How's YOUR "fundamental transformation" coming along? Mine isn't workin' out.)
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To: laweeks

C’mon, now. They had to toss that one in there for shits and giggles.


5 posted on 04/23/2013 6:12:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: laweeks
even being a money grubbing whore takes talent... for money grubbing and whoring but talent none the less
6 posted on 04/23/2013 6:13:21 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: laweeks

Sure,talent.Talent for lies and misinformation.


7 posted on 04/23/2013 6:13:51 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Sub-Driver

Senate seats up for re-election in 2014:


AK Mark Begich Democrat
AR Mark Pryor Democrat
CO Mark Udall Democrat
DE Chris Coons Democrat
HI Brian Schatz Democrat (special)
IA Thomas Harkin Democrat (not running)
IL Richard Durbin Democrat
LA Mary Landrieu Democrat
MA William Mccowan Democrat (Kerry Seat)
MI Carl Levin Democrat (not running)
MN Al Franken Democrat
MT Max Baucus Democrat (not running)
NC Kay Hagan Democrat
NH Jeanne Shaheen Democrat
NJ F. Lautenberg Democrat (not running)
NM Tom Udall Democrat
OR Jeff Merkley Democrat
RI John Reed Democrat
SD Tim Johnson Democrat (not running)
VA Mark Warner Democrat
WV J. Rockefeller Democrat (not running)

AL Jeff Sessions Republican
GA Saxby Chambliss Republican (not running)
ID James Risch Republican
KS Pat Roberts Republican
KY Mitch McConnell Republican
ME Susan Collins Republican
MS Thad Cochran Republican
NE Mike Johanns Republican
OK Jim Inhofe Republican
SC Lindsey Graham Republican
SC Tim Scott Republican (special)
TN Lamar Alexander Republican
TX John Cornyn Republican
WY Michael Enzi Republican
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8 posted on 04/23/2013 6:14:39 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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9 posted on 04/23/2013 6:15:09 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (My faith and politics cannot be separated)
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To: laweeks

Exactly what I was thinking. Putting schmucks like Baucus and Levin in the ‘talented’ camp is just factually inaccurate.

What are our chances of getting Baucus’ seat? It is a red state, but they sent HIVTester back to the senate, so its dicey


10 posted on 04/23/2013 6:16:04 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Sub-Driver

May they meet their maker...and transition to the obvious hot climate.

Soon.

Liberals are evil.

They are slime.

They are Obamastuff..e.g. Excrement.

They are rot.

They are hate.


11 posted on 04/23/2013 6:19:50 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m guessing the old timers have had enough of the gangsta-in-chief and his homeys. Not that any of them were pure as the first winter snow. But even these crooks can’t tolerate the dictator and the thugs surrounding him.


12 posted on 04/23/2013 6:20:52 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Sub-Driver

Everyone remember where they live...

so you can send them a retirement card.


13 posted on 04/23/2013 6:22:28 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Sub-Driver
They better find a good place to hide.

When the collapse arrives, they're going to need it.

14 posted on 04/23/2013 6:22:38 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth." --Alan Greenspan)
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To: Sub-Driver

Even here in the state level California has it’s government works looking for a 25% raise and an increase in benefits.


15 posted on 04/23/2013 6:23:50 PM PDT by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God Bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: Repeal The 17th

fyi, mike johanns is retiring but Nebraska is considered to be a safe gop seat.


16 posted on 04/23/2013 6:26:04 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue

...Mike Johanns is retiring...”
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Got it, thanks!
(it’s getting harder and harder to keep up!)


17 posted on 04/23/2013 6:29:30 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They’re not heading for the hills; they’re heading for the lobbying gravy train.


18 posted on 04/23/2013 6:29:52 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Sub-Driver

The TEA Party needs to find the most righteous, courageous, brilliant people they can identify to run for the GOP nominations to these offices. And they must know how to deal with the hostile press that will try to trap them into saying stupid things that an be twisted to serve their agenda.


19 posted on 04/23/2013 6:40:33 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Sub-Driver

The retiring dems see the nefarious work they’ve done and have decided they’ve wreaked sufficient damage.


20 posted on 04/23/2013 6:41:23 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Gun control: Steady firm grip, target within sights, squeeze the trigger slowly...)
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To: Repeal The 17th

The fact that Al Franken is a United States Senator is proof that our society is depraved.


21 posted on 04/23/2013 6:42:25 PM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: fatnotlazy

You have hit the nail right on the head!!! POTUS Obama is both a failed POTUS and, is now a full blown “Lame Duck”!!! Need any objective person say more!!! The RATS are deserting the sinking ship!!!


22 posted on 04/23/2013 6:46:00 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: Sub-Driver

The Democrats are “retiring” to taunt the GOP even further; the more they retire, the poorer the hapless GOP does. Republicans lack the creativity to take advantage of Democrat weaknesses. All the primary voters know to do is nominate people like Romney, Sanford, Lindsey Graham, McPain. You don’t win with that lineup.


23 posted on 04/23/2013 6:49:11 PM PDT by Theodore R. ("Hey, the American people must all be crazy out there!")
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To: Theodore R.

Yep, Theodore, the Stupid Party will find a way to return all those seats to the Evil Party.


24 posted on 04/23/2013 7:04:05 PM PDT by Glenmore
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To: HokieMom

“They’re not heading for the hills; they’re heading for the lobbying gravy train.”

BINGO!


25 posted on 04/23/2013 7:11:48 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (Learn three chords and you, too, can be a Rock Star!)
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To: Sub-Driver

It would be interesting to know which committees each retiree has been serving on... And what they know that is making them leave now.


26 posted on 04/23/2013 7:14:50 PM PDT by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: txrefugee

Couldn’t agree more!
Conservatives MUST find great candidates NOW to not only beat the RINOS but also the DEM challengers. And can we pleasse stick to fiscal issues. 2012 was a cake-walk until Richard Murdock came to town! Yeah the media beat him up, but come on——that stuff just obscures the main points


27 posted on 04/23/2013 7:21:35 PM PDT by Cookies4ever (6? That's like)
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To: Sub-Driver

Different party, same bull.


28 posted on 04/23/2013 7:25:51 PM PDT by nomad
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To: Sub-Driver
“Democrats proved in 2012 their ability to recruit top-tier candidates with top-flight operations and win open seats that they were supposed to lose,” said Ty Matsdorf, campaign director for the Democratic group Senate Majority PAC.

Ty Matsdorf...remember that name. He's a slimy little weasel who used to work for Baucus and do his dirty work.

29 posted on 04/23/2013 7:27:55 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cripplecreek; Perdogg; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Sub-Driver.


30 posted on 04/23/2013 7:35:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: txrefugee
And they must know how to deal with the hostile press that will try to trap them into saying stupid things that an be twisted to serve their agenda.

Better expect to lose then. The GOPe will be right there swinging away with their friends in the media.
31 posted on 04/23/2013 7:42:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Sub-Driver

“...a generation of talent”??????? More like a generation of subhuman criminal communists. The writer must be severely retarded.


32 posted on 04/23/2013 8:15:16 PM PDT by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Sub-Driver
When Montana Sen. Max Baucus called it quits on Tuesday...what was the first clue that was going to happen after he called Obamacare a trainwreck on the way during Senate hearings last week????.....
33 posted on 04/23/2013 9:34:45 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: struggle

They caused Obamacare. Their time is come in 2014.

Let’s hope. I thought for sure 2012 was ours. We just have to pray and pick good candidates to run these “supposedly” easy seats.


34 posted on 04/24/2013 3:16:24 AM PDT by napscoordinator (Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the Country!)
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