December 14, 2009

ANOTHER PELOSI SACRIFICE:

Bart Gordon retiring (Josh Kraushaar , 12/14/09, Politico)

[I]nternal Republican polls showed Gordon in serious danger of losing his seat next year, running for re-election in a Republican-leaning seat. Gordon didn't help his re-election prospects supporting the Democratic cap-and-trade energy bill and by initially supporting health care reform legislation in committee — even though he changed his mind and voted against the bill on the House floor last month.

“Tennessee is now the place where Democrat congressional candidacies go to die," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Sere. "Within a matter of weeks, four Volunteer State Democrats have abandoned their campaigns for Congress because voters there are rejecting the Obama-Pelosi agenda."

The race to succeed Gordon, in a middle Tennessee district that John McCain carried by 25 points, immediately jumps to the top of the Republican pickup opportunity list. McCain won 62 percent of the vote here in 2008, while former President George Bush won the district with 60 percent in 2004.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2009 2:43 PM
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