Friday, May 7, 2010
Democrat Obey Bails Out of Congressional Re-Election Bid
As the 2010 Congressional elections come into view, a number of Democrats that serve in Congress are calling it quits. The latest Democrat to call it quits, is the powerful chairman of the Appropriations Committee, David Obey, D-Wisconsin, 7th District. A member for 40 years, Mr. Obey was one of the biggest spenders in Washington, a political heritage that is more and more difficult to defend with voters back home.
So were does this story of Obey retiring fit into the mix of overall retirements in Congress? He is one of 17 Democrat members, along with 20 Republican members who are not running for the House of Representatives in 2010.
So as the 2010 Election approaches, 37 members of Congress (17 Democrat and 20 Republicans) are stepping aside, rather that facing voters in November. Clearly the anti-incumbent and anti-Washington mood among voters is creating a difficult reelection environment for members of Congress.
© 2010, Jasper Welch, Four Corners Media, www.jasperwelch.org