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Rep. Spencer Bachus won't seek re-election in 2014
AL.com ^ | 9/30/2013 | George Talbot

Posted on 09/30/2013 6:24:15 AM PDT by 6ppc

U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, said this morning that he will not seek re-election in 2014.

Bachus, 65, said in a statement released by email that he will retire from congress at the conclusion of his current term in December 2014.

Bachus, who has represented the state's 6th congressional district since 1993, is the senior member of Alabama's congressional delegation.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Alabama
KEYWORDS: 113th; 2014midterms; al2014; alabama; congress; elections; representative; republican; spencerbachus
Say hallelujah!
1 posted on 09/30/2013 6:24:15 AM PDT by 6ppc
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To: 6ppc

Should be a safe Republican seat, no?


2 posted on 09/30/2013 6:25:25 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 6ppc

I’m sure he’ll be eking out subsistence living on the miserable pension he voted for himself. Oh wait...


3 posted on 09/30/2013 6:25:47 AM PDT by henkster (democrats will sacrifice the lives of our servicemen so 0bama doesn't look bad.)
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To: 6ppc

He’s smart, understands economics, and was good once upon a time....at one point, but then went domestic......good to see him go.


4 posted on 09/30/2013 6:26:57 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Should be a safe Republican seat, no?

Yes. Hope we can get a good man into the seat. Bachus wasn't really a rino, but he was an empty suit.

5 posted on 09/30/2013 6:28:58 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: 6ppc
LOL!

Pretty happy with Mo Brooks so far.

6 posted on 09/30/2013 6:30:18 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: 6ppc

Spencer Stab-us in the Back-us. Good riddance.


7 posted on 09/30/2013 6:34:33 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: 6ppc

It would be nice if more congress critters retired at age 65, which used to be the standard for the hoi polloi until the ObaMao economy made it nigh unto impossible.


8 posted on 09/30/2013 6:54:23 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 6ppc

was he the health care abortion guy?


9 posted on 09/30/2013 7:10:10 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: 6ppc

Good. Get that RINO out of there. Let’s get us a real Tea Party, Ted-Cruz conservative in this state.


10 posted on 09/30/2013 7:14:33 AM PDT by backwoods-engineer (Blog: www.BackwoodsEngineer.com)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Should be a safe Republican seat, no?

That would be an understatement. The Cook Partisan Voting Index places AL-6 in a tie with TX-13 for the most Republican voting tendencies. The district incorporates most of Birmingham's suburbs, but not the center city.

Bachus has been a solid conservative, with a lifetime American Conservative Union rating of 91.48. Certainly any conservative who lives in a "moderate" area would be proud to be represented by him. But he has compromised (or "sold out," as some would say) on a few issues. A district like this one should be able to elect a real firebrand of a conservative/libertarian/tea partier, one who would not always knuckle under to Boehner, nor support Cantor as Boehner's successor.

I don't agree with some of the dark mutterings about Bachus I've seen on this thread. That said, AL-6 can do better.

11 posted on 09/30/2013 7:18:01 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina ("Better be wise by the misfortunes of others than by your own." -- Aesop)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Thank you for that assessment.


12 posted on 09/30/2013 7:19:50 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: plain talk

He was a crook who made a killing on insider information gained from his position. He should be in jail.


13 posted on 09/30/2013 7:37:56 AM PDT by kabar
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To: southernnorthcarolina
Good riddance to Bachus

Congress ethics office clears Bachus of insider trading" Although he was cleared, I suspect that it was done to bury similar actions by other members of Congress who enrich themselves in public office. Too many coincidences.

Evangelical group backing Rep. Spencer Bachus on pathway to citizenship for immigrants"

14 posted on 09/30/2013 7:49:25 AM PDT by kabar
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To: Vigilanteman

It would be even better if congress critters retired on SS benefits and 401-K’s like any other working stiff.


15 posted on 09/30/2013 8:43:12 AM PDT by 353FMG ( I don't say whether I am serious or sarcastic -- I respect FReepers too much.)
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To: 6ppc

Speaking as 1 who resides in Bachus’ AL-6 and has voted FOR him 6 times, I am not sorry to see him leave. I just worry about who in the GOP will run to fill his seat. I voted against Bachus in the last primary. The word here in AL is that he received huge amounts of campaign donations from Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac. Bachus’ ACU (American Conservative Union) lifetime rating (22 years) was 91.48 - not bad. But Bachus just wasn’t a fighter and has based upon public statements has gone squishy on conservative issues like gun control and immigration reform.


16 posted on 09/30/2013 9:28:23 AM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: All
Here's everything that anybody needs to know about this POS RINO...

Spencer Bachus: Sarah Palin cost GOP control of U.S. Senate

17 posted on 09/30/2013 10:11:36 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: MNDude

IIRC, Bachus is the Rep. that believed when Obama made a meaningless promise to have exceptions for abortion for Obamacare.


18 posted on 09/30/2013 10:24:38 AM PDT by RedMDer (http://www.dontfundobamacare.com/)
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To: Timber Rattler

It doesn’t matter if the GOP controls the senate if they act and vote like Democrats. Less than 20 stood up for defending Ocare so I would say we need about 30 seats to really take control.


19 posted on 09/30/2013 10:25:02 AM PDT by inpajamas (http://outskirtspress.com/ONE)
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To: 6ppc

That rush of wind down I-65 you just felt was Parker Griffith moving to Birmingham.


20 posted on 09/30/2013 10:28:32 AM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

Center city Birmingham is Detroit-lite.


21 posted on 09/30/2013 10:30:43 AM PDT by Theodore R. (The grand pooh-bahs have spoken: "It's Jebbie's turn!")
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To: 6ppc

Cook PVI R+28.

Impossible to elect a Dim in this district unless the Republican is caught in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.


22 posted on 09/30/2013 11:40:39 AM PDT by magellan
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He’s an arrogant ass ! Back when he was first entering politics on a national level he (and his crew) filmed a commercial — he needed 2 children to walk up the school steps holding his hand.

Those 2 children were my children. Believeme, his arrogance has no limit !


23 posted on 09/30/2013 11:48:59 AM PDT by imemyself
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He’s an arrogant ass ! When he first entered national politics he and his crew filmed a “do-gooder” political ad.

Two children, walking up the steps of a elementary school holding his hands (as if he’s their father).

Those 2 children were my children. Believe me, his arrogance has no bounds, no personality. He should be thrown out years ago.


24 posted on 09/30/2013 11:54:10 AM PDT by imemyself
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To: alancarp
20 That rush of wind down I-65 you just felt was Parker Griffith moving to Birmingham.

Was that the Democrat Episcopagan from Huntsville who switched to the GOP after he was elected and then lost his next election?

25 posted on 09/30/2013 12:46:08 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: Theodore R.
21 Center city Birmingham is Detroit-lite.

Thankfully, the AL-6 does not include 72% black Birmingham.

26 posted on 09/30/2013 12:50:25 PM PDT by MacNaughton
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To: MacNaughton

Bingo. I like your term - I use “political opportunist.” Mo Brooks has beaten him soundly ... twice now.


27 posted on 09/30/2013 1:46:49 PM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: southernnorthcarolina

“But he has compromised (or “sold out,” as some would say) on a few issues”

Actually, people around here do not say “sell out”

The word used is TRAITOR.


28 posted on 09/30/2013 2:13:57 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: kabar

Most of them should be jail and for the same reason.


29 posted on 09/30/2013 3:38:19 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Theodore R.

Hey, city of Detroit officially goes into default tonite at the same second as the federal gummint.


30 posted on 09/30/2013 6:07:39 PM PDT by quantim (Victory is not relative, it is absolute.)
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To: 353FMG

Many do.

http://www.senate.gov/CRSReports/crs-publish.cfm?pid=’0E%2C*PLC8%22%40%20%20%0A


31 posted on 09/30/2013 7:21:54 PM PDT by Henry Hnyellar
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To: 6ppc

There are a lot of RINOs in the South, and that should not be. Bachus wasn’t really one to begin with, but he “grew” in office. Lots of Southern RINOs in the Senate, too. I hope the winds are changing.


32 posted on 09/30/2013 7:36:08 PM PDT by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

“He’s smart, understands economics, and was good once upon a time....at one point, but then went domestic......good to see him go.”

Washington DC has a way of doing that to many people. But for some reason, our people seem to fall prey to the “go along, get along” mentality of DC.


33 posted on 10/01/2013 6:37:00 AM PDT by MplsSteve
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To: MplsSteve

Totally correct...it’s a bubble - every time I go there, I marvel at how clueless the entire city is to the feelings and thought process of the rest of the country.

Then again, all the money and power is there....they can live good and remain clueless. They do it every day.


34 posted on 10/01/2013 7:01:22 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: kabar

Real conservatives have morals.


35 posted on 10/01/2013 7:12:23 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: 6ppc

Don’t let the doorknob hit ya, Spencer.


36 posted on 10/01/2013 8:59:37 PM PDT by Southern Partisan (In NYC you can be fined for spitting on the subway. You can, however, throw-up for free.)
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