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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:13 PM
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"GOP Congressman Considers Giving Up Seat"
WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Greenwood, a socially moderate Republican, said Monday he is considering giving up the seat he's held in Congress for 12 years.

Greenwood, 53, has already told Republican leaders he will not seek re-election to a seventh term and instead will likely seek a job with a trade association, House aides and a party official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press.

"From time to time during my 24 years of public service, I have been approached and offered other types of challenges and opportunities," Greenwood said in a terse statement released by his office Monday. "Such has been the case in the last few days, and I am currently reviewing one of these opportunities."

One of the aides and the GOP party official said Greenwood was looking at a position with the Biotechnology Industry Organization, which includes pharmaceutical houses and companies involved in human genome research.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&nci...
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:19 PM
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1. He would really be screwing his party if he did it
This is a district that Democrats have been waiting for to open up for years. A Democrat would likely have a small advantage in an open seat race. If Greenwood were to pull out of the race in July he would leave his party scrambling to find a nominee with only about 3 months until the election. That's not much time to set up a campaign office, hire consultants, raise money, put ads on the air and set up a get out the vote operation. That might be why he decides to run for one last term. I expect that he'll be getting a phone call from Karl Rove very soon.
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R3dD0g Donating Member (625 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:21 PM
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2. When's the primary?
Who's the Dem nominee?

Is this gonn'a be a twin of the IL senate? With a Dem and no Repuke?
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CBHagman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:24 PM
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3. There goes another moderate.
In the GOP, the moderate-to-liberal types seem to be retiring and/or getting voted out.

Don't get me wrong; I would be thrilled to see the district go Democratic. But considering the sick-making "leaders" in the current GOP, particularly in the House, where Repulican knuckles rarely leave the ground, I am sorry that moderates and liberals are departing.
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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:24 PM
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4. I feel the same way. Rather have a moderate Repub than risk a freaky
neocon taking his or her place.
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:33 PM
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5. Maybe the arm-twisting Club with a Growth
is having an effect. I mean Club for Growth. Darn, I keep getting that wrong.
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demgrrrll Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 06:40 PM
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6. Daily Kos has a donation link. I donated. I think Atrios has a link too
or maybe he is just linked to Kos.
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