Democrat Sen. Byron Dorgan sees the writing on the wall:
“For the past year, I have been making plans to seek another six-year Senate term in next year’s election. Those plans included raising campaign funds and doing the organizing necessary to wage a successful campaign.
“Even as I have done that, in recent months I began to wrestle with the question of whether making a commitment to serve in the Senate seven more years (next year plus a new six-year term) was the right thing to do.
“I have been serving as an elected official in our state for many years. Beginning at age 26, I served ten years as State Tax Commissioner followed by thirty years in the U.S. Congress by the end of 2010. It has been a long and wonderful career made possible by the people of North Dakota. And I am forever grateful to them for the opportunity.
“Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life. I have written two books and have an invitation from a publisher to write two more books. I would like to do some teaching and would also like to work on energy policy in the private sector.
“So, over this holiday season, I have come to the conclusion, with the support of my family, that I will not be seeking another term in the U.S. Senate in 2010. It is a hard decision to make after thirty years in the Congress, but I believe it is the right time for me to pursue these other interests.
“Let me be clear that this decision does not relate to any dissatisfaction that I have about serving in the Senate.
Indeed, it has much more to do with the dissatisfaction that his constituents have with him serving in the Senate — not the other way around.
*Don’t Let The Door Hit You On The Way Out.
Kim Priestap calls Dorgan out:
Dorgan faces almost certain defeat if Republican Governor John Hoeven runs against him. According to Rasmussen’s latest poll on December 21, Hoeven would trounce Dorgan, 58% to 36%. Health care is a huge problem for the senator, as a whopping 64% of North Dakotans don’t want what Dorgan is voting to give them.
What a schmuck Dorgan is. Rather than doing what his constituents want him to do and vote against the Democrats’ health care catastrophe, he’s going to vote for it anyway and then retire and enjoy the government’s fat pension and high quality health care, all funded by the US taxpayer. What a freaking coward.