Which GOP crumb-bum is going to strap on the golden parachute next?
UPDATE (James Hell): Ding ding ding! It’s Dave Weldon! (FL-15, R+4.1):
Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.) announced Friday that he will retire from Congress at the end of this session, citing a desire to return to his medical practice.
Weldon, 54, is a seven-term lawmaker who sits on the House Appropriations Committee.
President Bush won Weldon’s district in 2004 with 57 percent of the vote, compared to 43 percent for Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).
P.S. (David): Dan Maffei added to DCCC’s Red-to-Blue list. I’m very glad to see this.
Notable User Diaries
We forgot to do this last week, so here are two weeks’ worth of great diaries:
- Plf515 has been absolutely on fire, bringing us no fewer than eight roundups covering twenty-four states: IN & NM, NC & NE, CA, AR, OR, IA, ME & UT, MT, ID, MO, SD & SC, TN, AL & NJ, VA, ND & GA, and FL, CT & MI. Sea to shining sea!
- Glacial Erratic updates us on an Iraq war vet, Bill Cahir, who has filed for the open-seat race in PA-05.
- Meanwhile, robert.harding keeps us in the loop on the latest with candidate Jon Powers, running against crumb-bum Tom Reynolds up in NY-26.
- Down South, skywrnchsr509 surveys the field in Mississippi, where the filing deadline has recently pass and where both GOP-held House seats are now open.
- RBH explores what might happen if MO-09 opens up, should GOP Rep. Kenny Huslhof run for governor.
- Sean takes a look at KY-03, where there’s talk of GOP failure Anne Northup trying to revive from the dead after losing two elections in two years.
- The redoubtable Benawu provides a new update on the House race filing situation.
- And last but certainly not least, Dean Barker, a great friend of SSP’s, tell us about the new wingnut challenger who has emerged to take on Paul Hodes in NH-02 – and utterly eviscerates her in the process.