Kay Bailey Hutchison: I'm Done Runnin'

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Here's the full statement just sent out by Courtney Sanders in the senator's D.C. office, which speaks -- at length -- for itself:
Announcement by U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison

To my fellow Texans:

For the past 17 years, it has been my greatest honor to serve the people of Texas in the United States Senate. Working for the citizens and communities of our state is a privilege.

I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012. That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be. In the next two years, you can be assured that I will pursue my duties, and my responsibilities to our state and people, with the same vigor that I have employed during my Senate service.

I have loved visiting all 254 counties in Texas. During my travels, I have been most touched by the constituents who have told me how my work in the Senate has personally impacted their lives. From the man in Dallas who thanked me for passing my Homemaker IRA legislation which allowed him and his wife to save more for their retirement; the teacher and sheriff's deputy in Houston who saved thousands each year because they knew I fought for my bill to relieve the marriage penalty tax; the military families who know I have been a champion of health care and housing for these heroes; and the many constituents that we have been privileged to assist with social security and veterans benefits. Knowing that I have been able to truly help my fellow Texans and make a positive difference in their lives is a public servant's greatest reward.


When my current term is up, I will have served Texas for 19 years in the United States Senate. I intended to leave this office long before now, but I was persuaded to continue in order to avoid disadvantage to our state. The last two years have been particularly difficult, especially for my family, but I felt it would be wrong to leave the Senate during such a critical period. Instead of putting my seat into a special election, I felt it was my duty to use my experience to fight the massive spending that has increased our national debt; the government takeover of the our health care system; and the growth of the federal bureaucracy, which threatens our economy. I will continue that fight until the end of my term in 2012.

I will be forever grateful for the privilege of working for you in the United States Senate. I will now look forward to living full-time in Texas with my family, and to keep working for our state's interests as long as I live.

God bless America and God bless Texas,
Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator, Texas

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cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

Y'all are missing the importance of why she let it go. She fears the part of the R party that voted against her in the Guber. primary. Her numbers going into this season were worse than Murkowski in Alaska before they started tearing into her. Her head was on the chopping block and she knew it. Spend millions of dollars to lose in a primary? After she lost to Perry the writing was on the wall. She was being painted as a RINO (which isn't true, but stuck) same as Lugar. You think for half a second that the Tea Partiers were going to let her quietly go unopposed in the primary? The same thing will be said for Mayor Tom. If you can't appeal to the constituents of Louie Gohmert then you don't stand a chance in this statewide Republican primary. The party of Nelson Rockefeller is dead, they don't even have room for Lugar in that ever-shrinking tent. The party of Palin is scaring anybody that isn't trying to outdo their opponent in terms of loony talk.

Montemalone
Montemalone

I've been in DC 18 years, and during that time government grew and deficits grew and spending grew and I did squat worthwhile so I quit, but none of that stuff is my fault, cause my party was only in charge more than 3/4 of that time.

JimS
JimS

KBH for mayor? That's like going from fighter pilot to cab driver.

whodunit
whodunit

19 years? TERM LIMITS are the answer.

Gary
Gary

On a smaller scale, I often enjoy day trips to Collin, Denton, Wise, Parker and Kaufman counties to hear people tell stories of how the good work I perform at my second job impacts their lives.

Bob
Bob

I see that TimmyTyper over at the other blog is "asking" if KBH will run for mayor. Either there is a "draft KBH" plan, and Wick has asked to help out, or she is ready to roll.

I have to tell you, I think Hunt could beat KBH. Hutchinson's record is less than stellar.

Mark_in_Dallas
Mark_in_Dallas

I don’t see this happening. With the levy issue looming, this job will not merely ceremonial.

The next mayor will need to do some heavy lifting. KBH doesn’t have it in her.

Daniel
Daniel

Ground control to Myor Tom ...

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

So we have to hunt yet another boring, white Republican in-effectual to fill the seat again, eh? Well Mayor Tommy is certainly pasty and useless enough but can he pass the 'blander than raw Bisquick' test? Frankly, i have my doubts there. So who else is there (still breathing or at least portable) we can run? Jerry Jones could win a staring with Pelosi but that would be as painful to watch as Tony Romo late in a game with no interceptions in the first three quarters. Mark Davis, Chris Krok or any of the talk show guys. Nah, we do not usually put up folks who can talk to a crowd without slobbering. Damn it, we need Nolan Ryan to run! Didn't some other guy from the Rangers management win a few elections some time ago?!?!

Jack E. Jett
Jack E. Jett

That last comment gets me. "keep working for our state's interests as long as I live"...............................

What the hell has this woman EVER done for Texas other than run for office? Right wingers are a dime a dozen in this state. What is speacial about her other than her big poofy hair?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Have you ever seens any clips from when she was a "reporter" in Houston? Big ol' beehive poofy hair.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

This is Texas. Never underestimate the power of big poofy hair. We're drawn to it like a duck on Cheeto's.

Chris
Chris

I'm just glad she is quitting, finally.

cp
cp

Too bad our local Congressional Rep who has also been there for 19 years won't take a clue and do the same like she should have done last your.....

Guest
Guest

Politics is an interesting thing.

If Leppert does end up running for the now-open Senate seat, I assume he'll tout his business credentials (though probably not the part about being on the WaMu board) and his opposition to the property tax increase.

But the things that he's really staked his mayoral legacy on, while apparently popular locally, I wouldn't think would play well in a Senate campaign. I can't imagine we'll see a commercial with Leppert saying, "As mayor, I got the government involved in the hotel business by building a government-owned hotel, and I called for spending upwards of two billion dollars of taxpayer money on a toll road in the river."

Daniel
Daniel

And opposed and shut down any and all referenda that would record the quote will of the people unquote.

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