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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:44 AM

Rockefeller won't seek re-election

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Source: Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who came to West Virginia as a young man from one of the world's richest families to work on antipoverty programs and remained in the state to build a political legacy, announced Friday he will not seek a sixth term.

The 75-year-old Democrat's decision, coming at a time when his popularity in a conservative state had been waning for sparring with the powerful mining industry and supporting President Barack Obama, told The Associated Press ahead of his formal announcement that it was time to retire.

After about three decades in elective office, it was time to "bring more balance to my life after a career that has been so obsessively dominated by politics and public policy and campaigns," he said. "I've gotten way out of whack in terms of the time I should spend with my wife and my children and my grandchildren."

Rockefeller's decision will set off a scramble for a seat held by Democrats since 1958. Within weeks of November's elections, Republican U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito vowed to run for the Senate seat in 2014, even if it meant going up against Rockefeller and his storied name. Other Republicans also have been eyeing the seat in recent weeks.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:46 AM

1. That is bad news. Rockefeller is a surprisingly progressive Dem who cares about poverty.

I do not know who will succeed to him, but it will clearly be somebody a lot less progressive.

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Response to Mass (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:51 AM

2. Well another state going to the dogs. You got Manchin who is really a republican in sheeps

 

clothing. Its sad he is leaving. But who can blame him. They got the wachy right who will probably get the job.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 09:56 AM

3. sorry locking duplicate

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