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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.).

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2009; 2:53 PM ET
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Fight on Chet Edwards. There is no finer representative from Texas than Chet Edwards. He has the integrity, decency and concern for America that is so lacking in today's political gaming. We need him to continue his work the in House.

Posted by: equalon | December 18, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

As someone not from his district or region, the main way I know of Chet Edwards was when his name was floated as a possible VP just before the Biden VP announcement, as the obvious three-way decision story (Biden, Bayh, Kaine) was becoming stale through repetition, and needed a fresh face. I thought at the time that it was a bit of a shout-out by Democratic leaders to a strong up and comer and that fact made me seriously doubt Chris's concept that Chet Edwards would now fold his tent and walk off. No way, Chris! This guy's in it to win it. Chet Edwards 2010.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | December 16, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: JakeD | December 15, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Thank God! Congress' Sexy Caucus would take a major hit if Chet Edwards retired. I think we'd have to elect both Chris Cillizza AND Dean Cain to Congress to make up for it.

Posted by: IVotedforKodos | December 15, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse

If Mark says he's a good guy, then he's a good guy.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 15, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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