Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Jim Webb - #2632 - One and Done - Webb Not Running - Hot Air

Freshman Senator Jim Webb will not make an effort to run for a second term, Ben Smith reports at Politico. Later today, Webb will announce his retirement, leaving Democrats with an empty seat to defend in what looks to be another tough electoral cycle: Virginia Senator Jim Webb plans to announce today that he won’t seek reelection, a senior Senate source said. Webb appeared likely to face a rematch with former Senator George Allen, whom he beat in a bruising 2006 contest. He had expressed ambivalence about the prospect of another run, and has said he never planned a life in politics. Ambivalence certainly describes Webb’s efforts thus far at extending his stay in the Senate. A week ago, Ben Pershing at the Washington Post noted Webb’s desultory efforts: Webb’s fund-raising has been slow for some time. The Washington Post reported in December that as of Sept. 30, 23 of the 33 senators up for reelection next year had more cash in the bank than Webb did. That was before the fourth quarter — Webb’s slowest one yet.  Read more.......

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