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Wisconsin Rep. Dave Obey retires

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wisc.), a liberal lion first elected at the height of the Vietnam War in 1969, announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November -- a blow to Democratic chances of holding his northern Wisconsin seat.

"There is a time to stay and a time to go. And this is my time to go," Obey said at a press conference on Capitol Hill today.

Obey, whose committee gavel gives him oversight of more than $1 trillion in annual federal spending, was facing his toughest re-election battle in years, as Ashland County District Attorney Sean Duffy (R) was running a promising campaign against him.

Duffy, a one-time cast member of the MTV reality show "Real World", had garnered national attention from party leaders -- including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) who endorsed his candidacy last month.

Obey is the 17th Democrat who will leave at the end of this Congress. Twenty Republicans are vacating their seats to retire or run for higher office.

Read the whole story here.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 5, 2010; 1:17 PM ET
Categories:  House  
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what is a disgrace 37th is that you would post
the kind of garbage that you slanderously
stated at 6:55 pm. Where in the world do you come up with that kind of garbage? Even a new low for you. Your Obama hatred at this site
is truly sick.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 5, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

actually the violence in Greece is precisely the kind of immature behavior we would expect to see from the right today after the Greece bailout had the Bush/Paulson bailout been enacted in the US today. Its tough but neccessary medicine with higher taxes, cuts in retirement benefits and services for Greeks. Our message should not be condemnation but sympathy and support that they are sucking it up to save Europe and the US from economic contagion.
Violence should not be tolerated and the Greeks
need to get their economic act todgether soon.
For the right to make this into another one of their political games is sickening.

Posted by: leichtman1 | May 5, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the democrats were putting out feelers that they would be "happy" if the bomb in Times Square was planted by the Tea Party people - instead of Middle Easterners.

This tells it all about Obama and the democrats.

Is this unbelievable ?? WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE IN THE COUNTRY ????


OBAMA has become a national disgrace.


Posted by: 37thand0street | May 5, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Obey: Before you go, find out all about THIS...


See Vic Livingston's Facebook page ("Notes"), or: RE: "Obama, Take Down Fusion Center Gestapo" and related links within the article.

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 5, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Socialist riots in Greece. Several killed. Is this the violence that the leftiist. Dingbats were worried about?

Posted by: Moonbat | May 5, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse


They wait so the party leaders have more control over who gets the nomination - and challengers have less time to raise money and get a campaign going.

It is the same old story -

They never learn -


Posted by: 37thand0street | May 5, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Republicans Reined in, Pawlenty Smackdown edition.

[MN SC Chief Justice] Magnuson: "In the context of this limited constitutional grant of gubernatorial authority with regard to appropriations, we cannot conclude that the Legislature intended to authorize the executive branch to use the unallotment process to balance the budget for an entire biennium when balanced spending and revenue legislation has not been initially agreed upon by the Legislature and the Governor. Instead, we conclude that the Legislature intended the unallotment authority to serve the more narrow purpose of providing a mechanism by which the executive branch could address unanticipated deficits that occur after a balanced budget has previously been enacted."

In other words, there is not a unitary executive in Minnesota. Gotta learn to work with the Lege, TPaw.

Posted by: bsimon1 | May 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Sealed the border - fail
stopped the oil spill - fail
righted the economy - fail
stopped Iran - fail
made new friends - fail
cut health care costs - fail
established energy policy - fail
won in Afghanistan - fail
ended culture of corruption - fail
approval by the voters - fail
balanced budget - fail
ended partisanship - fail
ended racism - fail
stood up to unions - fail
ended business as usual - fail

I am beginning to see a pattern forming.

Welcome back Carter.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 5, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I think this will hurt Feingold's operation


Posted by: 37thand0street | May 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Another coward would not face the voters and the results of porkulus and death panels.

Profiles in perfidery.

Posted by: Moonbat | May 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Another NeoCom Statist bites the dust. He's running away like the statist governor of that state.

A great day for America!

Posted by: leapin | May 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This is a loss for the country and the liberal wing of the democratic party. I just wonder why Obey waited this long to announce. The Democrats have got to have a deep bench in that region since Obey has been there for so long, and Obama carried the seat with 56% of the vote. It definitly adds one to the fight column for the Dems, but I think they can hold it if they find a great candidate to jump in.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 5, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This district leans toward Dems, particularly at the local level. It's close Presidentially, but Dems have won it each year from 1988 on. Senate Majority Russ Decker is a possible replacement. Obery succeeded a Republican, Melvin Laird, to win it in 1969, and then knocked off a Republican incumbent, Alvin O'Konski, to hold it when Wisconsin lost a seat in 1972.

Posted by: joeyjoejoe | May 5, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

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