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House: A Retirement on the Dem. Side of the Aisle

Just hours after Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) announced he would not seek reelection, longtime Minnesota Democrat Martin Olav Sabo said he won't be on the ballot again this fall, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Sabo's retirement after 14 terms is sure to set off a major scramble in the Democratic primary. John Kerry won the Minneapolis-based 5th District with 71 percent in 2004, and Republicans are not expected to seriously contest the seat.

The departure of Sabo also opens a seat on the coveted House Appropriations Committee. Let the jockeying begin...

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 17, 2006; 5:21 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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I second Ohio guy's reaction. Still, I'm surprised and sad to hear that Sabo is retiring. He's done a great job and leaves big shoes to fill. Without him, the only longtime Congress members from MN are Colin Peterson (feh) and Jim Oberstar. Sabo and Bruce Vento made a great Twin Cities team for many years.

I read up on Boehlert's district earlier tonight. It seems to lean slightly Republican (Bush by 1 point in 2000, 4 points I think in 2004), but we may benefit from having a single candidate while the Republicans have a primary. If the national wind is at our backs, NY-24 seems like a seat we could take. Upstate New Yorkers are not Southern conservatives; they are moderate Republicans as epitomized by Boehlert (ranked twice as the most liberal House Republican by National Journal). I suspect they would comfortably choose a moderate Dem over a conservative Republican in November.

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Posted by: Sandwich Repairman | March 18, 2006 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Whew - the headline there had me scared for a minute. Good thing the republicans have no chance in this district.

Posted by: Ohio guy | March 17, 2006 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Means new blood for the Democrats which the party desperately needs with Sabo's retirement. Meanwhile they can secure a pickup from Boehlert's retirement. It is imperative for the well being of the nation that Democrats share in the responsibility of governing. One party rule has meant the traditional absolute power corrupting absolutely brand of corruption from Republicans. Meanwhile the Democrats have become intellectually corrupt. They don't have responsiblity for anything. Democratic incumbents who are entrenched and survived the Republican wave have combined timidity and hubris at the same time. So, any news that means new blood for Dems as well as possible pickup, is hopefully a postive for the country. Perhaps we can end one party corruption as well as the intellectual corruption from Dems.

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Posted by: Intrepid Liberal | March 17, 2006 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I also want to compliment Sherry Boehlert as well. He and Martin Sabo were two of the classiest people in the House and are a lot alike in their demeanor and personality in my view. Rep. Boehlert was one of the few "true" Republican moderates and was great at protecting the environment. The environmental community will mourn the loss of these two great gentlemen.

Posted by: Jason | March 17, 2006 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Correction of typing error in my previous post:

I meant to say in the last sentence that Rep. Sabo leaves a lasting legacy (not a lasing one).

Posted by: Jason | March 17, 2006 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Martin Sabo is a true gentleman in the House and while I will miss his presence in the House, I wish him the best in his future endeavors. He is an elected representative the U.S. can be proud of as he leaves a lasing legacy of accomplishments and an amiable but professional demeanor other Congresspeople and prospective politicians can learn from.

Posted by: Jason | March 17, 2006 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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