Another House GOP retirement
Hefley's announcement comes as no major surprise since he had been hinting heavily at retirement for months following his removal as chairman of the House Ethics Committee in January."I have received a great deal of encouragement to run again, and I appreciate that support, but the timing seems right to move on to other opportunities," Hefley told the Associated Press.
Hefley's 5th district is centered in Colorado Springs (the city's media market reaches 95 percent of district voters) and is reliably Republican -- having given President George W. Bush 66 percent in 2004. Former El Paso County Sheriff John Anderson is already in the race on the Republican side. Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jeff Crank, state Sen. Doug Lamborn and Ted Haggard, president of the National Association of Evangelicals, are also mentioned as potential GOP candidates. Jay Fawcett, a Gulf War veteran, is the lone Democrat in the field.
Hefley joins Tennessee Rep. Bill Jenkins (R) in announcing his retirement from the House this week. There are now 15 Republicans not seeking re-election compared to eight Democrats.
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