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Democrats running FROM reelection in increasing numbers

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Posted on March 7 2010 1:34 am
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The list is growing at an increasing pace. Democrats in Washington, and in state legislatures and gubernatorial offices, are steadily coming forward to tell their constituents and the nation at-large that they no longer desire a role in elected office – for a variety of vague reasons.

Most notably missing from this list (for now) is the ever-defiant New York Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel, who – in the vein of Eliot Spitzer and Rod Blagoyevich – seems to believe himself untouchable despite congressional probes into his “ethical lapses.”

This is a list-in-progress.  

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March 5 – Representative William D. Delahunt, a seven-term Democrat, announced Friday he will not seek re-election.

March 5 – Freshman Democratic Representative Eric Massa (NY) announced his resignation.

March 5 – Massachusetts State Sen. Susan Tucker tells her constituents she will not run for another term.

March 4 – Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal announces at a press conference that he won’t run for a third term.

March 4 – Two-term Utah State Representative Christine Johnson announces she will not seek reelection.

March 2 – Four-term Massachusetts State Representative Brian P. Wallace informs his native South Boston that he will leave office at the end of the year.

March 1 – New York Governor David Paterson, knee-deep in sordid scandals, drops his bid for reelection.

February 15 – Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana announces he will not run for reelection

February 12 – Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy announces he will not seek reelection

February 11 – California Representative Diane Watson announces she will not run for reelection.

February – Delaware Sen. Ted Kaufman, appointed by then-Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to fill the vacancy left when Joe Biden departed for the vice presidency, says he will not seek election for a full term.

January 6 – Democrats announce Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut will not seek reelection.

January 5 – North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan announces he will not run for reelection

July 10, 2009 – After a controversial appointment to fill the vacancy left when Barack Obama assumed the presidency, Illinois Sen. Roland Burris decided to opt out of a run for election to a full term.

For an in-depth look at the 2010 elections landscape, check out RealClear Politics’ running coverage at Politics Nation.

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