Chet Edwards: Not retiring
Texas Rep. Chet Edwards will run again in 2010, his office announced today, in response to his name being mentioned as a potential retiree in a story done today by the Fix and Dan Balz.
"He is buoyed by the support of Republicans, Democrats and Independents across the district," said Edwards campaign spokeswoman Elizabeth Connor. "As in years past, he will wage a vigorous and ultimately successful campaign in 2010."
Connor added that Edwards has more than $1.1 million in the bank, the most cash he has ever had at this point since being elected in 1990.
Edwards' 17th district is strongly Republican-leaning with Arizona Sen. John McCain winning 67 percent in 2008 and President George W. Bush taking 70 percent four years earlier.
But, Edwards, who was, interestingly enough, pushed as a vice presidential candidate by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) last year, has held the seat -- winning 52 percent in 2002, 51 percent in 2004, 58 percent in 2006 and 53 percent in 2008.
So, cross Edwards' name off the retirement list. Other names to watch: Reps. John Spratt (S.C.), Marion Berry (Ark.) and Vic Snyder (Ark.).
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