October 16th, 2007
10:01 AM ET
11 years ago

Hutchison won't seek re-election

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson may leave the Senate before her term ends in 2012, her spokesman says.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, will not seek re-election to Congress when her term expires in 2012, her spokesman confirmed to CNN Tuesday.

Hutchison, who was elected to the Senate in a special ballot in 1993, is considering a run for governor of Texas, spokesman Matt Mackowiak said.

She may even leave the Senate as early as 2009, he added.

Four other GOP senators have announced they will not run for re-election in the 2008 ballot.

Related: Texas senator will not seek re-election, may leave early

Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Ivan, Chicago, Illinois

    Deserting a sinking ship, another fair wheather politician. When facing the concequenses of blindly following Bush and the impending disaster in Iraq, she would rather run and hide than face the music. Doesn't even want to wait for the end of her term.

    October 16, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  2. Ms Lena Dallas TX

    Step down today Kay, don't delay; another Bush RAT leaving the sinking ship...

    October 16, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  3. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Ms. Hutchison is a classy lady, and I hope everything is OK with her. That being said, it's good to see another republican retiring.

    October 16, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Walt, Belton, TX

    I'm glad Senator Hutchison is leaving the Senate. Her voting record the past several years has left a lot to be desired. Senator Cornyn has done much better, voting wise, representing this great state. Forget the Governorship though, she can't beat Perry and it is time anyway to let the other side have a chance. Perry's sold out or raped the state enough to give them a fighting chance. It's time to let a fresh bunch of crooks have a crack at the pot of gold!

    October 16, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Andre' Green, Dalworthington Gardens, Texas

    Then she will be able to continue the fine work of the used car salesman cheerleader we have in Austin now.
    I sure wish Texans weren't so "honkin" ridiculous and would understand these professional politicians care nothing for us.
    If you want change, do yourself a favor, vote for your neighbor.

    October 16, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  6. Bob, Seattle, WA

    A very classy lady. Wish she was running for President. What a contrast that would be with Queen for Herself – Hillary.

    October 16, 2007 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    It is better to be a big fish in a small pond (as governor of texas) than to be a small fish in a big pond (dem controlled senate, house & president) after 2008.

    October 16, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Marc San Antonio, TX

    Classy lady, followed bush too long.

    October 16, 2007 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. Brad, Stockton, CA

    I don't care whether they are democrats or republicans; it's time for most of them to leave because they have already been around far too long. I'm happy to see Kay and all the others go, but what really disgusts me is that I will still be paying for them and for their benefits for the rest of their lives.

    October 16, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  10. R. Limbaugh, Oxycontin, CA

    She's a phony Republican.

    October 16, 2007 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Reatte Beaumont, Texas

    Well I don't see eye to eye with her voting on some of the issues but I do hope that she will run for Governor of Texas she sure will be better the one we have now that is charging us taxpayers 10,000 a month for a house to rent while the governor's manison is having work done. She does want to close the border and keep u.s. citizen only to be able to draw social security checks from what we have paid in. Some may think that she is jumping ship but she has said this about a year to two years ago that she wants to run for governor and plus she does have some age on her and I am sure the classy lady is probally tired of all the crap that the little dumb democrats want to do from giving the illegal everything that the americans have worked for. Then bring up things for non binding from 100 years ago that we have no need to worry about they need to worry about today and tomorrow but I forget that is the democratic way for the dummies. I think that she has served us very well. But it is like all these comments everybody has there own and plus alot doesn't make alot of sense.

    October 16, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. David, Frisco Texas

    If the Republican presidential nominee were wise, he would choose Senator Hutchinson as a running mate. With the Democrats set on running Hillary, even though she can not win in the general election, that would pretty much insure that Mrs. Hutchinson would be leaving the Senate in 2009.

    October 16, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  13. Catherine C., Philadelphia, PA (formerly Austin, TX)

    Good riddance.

    I wish Lloyd Doggett would run for her seat AND I wish he could get elected. Sigh.

    October 16, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. John, Michigan

    She might make a good governor, but then I thought the expletive deleted in New York would be a good one too.
    I have not been upset by those leaving the US Senate but I sure wish harry Reid would follow the piper.

    October 16, 2007 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Buggie, San Diego, CA

    Kay Bailey Hutchinson; one of the true Evil Hags of Texas politics. She is completely delusional if she thinks she could garner more than a handful of terribly misguided votes in a run for Governor. With Bush leaving office soon, most of these dried up Texas ne’re-do-well, Bush-coat-tail-grabbin’ Republicans are going to find themselves with few friends and few options. Yes, Kay, you should quit early, and it won’t be soon enough for the people of Texas. Pack your snakeskin bags and hit the trail!

    When looking for a Governor, Texas voters hopefully will look toward the bright end of the spectrum a`la Ann Richards…not toward the dark end a`la Rick Perry, George Bush or Kay Bailey Hutchison. Haven’t Texans endured enough hell? It is time for Texans to reclaim Texas!

    Texans from all over this great country are praying for the redemption and salvation of Texas.

    October 16, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Andy, Cypress, texas

    She has been a great Senator for Texas and I thank her for her service. It is just like the liberals out there to write the comments heat that insult public servants. Can't you just say thank you to someone even if you don't agree with them politically instead of being so nasty. Shame on you.

    October 16, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. Liz, Dallas, TX

    I've known Kay since before she was a Senator. I was asked to be on the steering committee when she first started thinking about running. I supported her then because she was a bright lady with some good ideas and ideals. What happened once she got to Washington is beyond me. She ultimately became a puppet mouthpiece for George & the GOP even when she "knew" what she was supporting was wrong, wrong, wrong. But she stayed the good stalwart GOP lemming and supported the party line no matter what. It's like her brain turned to warm jello or something. She suddenly had no backbone and no logical thought process anymore. I am sad to see her become what she has become... she had way more potential than this.
    As a result of what I saw happen to her in Washington, there's no way I can support her in a run for Governor. I want someone that can think for themselves!
    And John Cornyn has been a disappointment in DC too. I thought he was doing a fine job here in state government... and then he got to Washington and suddenly lost the ability to think for himself. What is it... do you HAVE to be a lockstep lemming & follow GW? The Republicans wouldn't be in the shape they're in in Congress right now if a few of them had had the nerve to stand up for what they knew was right instead of just spouting the same old tired party line.
    But, since Texas has become a totally blind Republican state (if you run on the Republican ticket in most of the state, you'll most likely get elected no matter how bad you are– one Tarrant County Constable is certainly proof of that!), Kay probably stands a decent chance of becoming Governor if she runs. Guess it depends on who might run against her on the GOP ticket in the primary.

    October 16, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Jeff, Houston, Texas

    And don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out madam! A party bobble head that does what ever she is told to do and not ONE original thought.

    I shudder to think what lobotomized redneck Texas Republicans will trot out to replace her. Why am I afraid? they gave us George!

    October 16, 2007 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  19. HAWK , TEXAS


    October 16, 2007 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  20. Reggie , Anaheim, Ca.

    There is a God! Please go as fast
    as you can! What a poor excuse for
    a human being!

    October 16, 2007 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  21. laurinda,ny

    I guess they are all getin out while the getin's good.

    October 16, 2007 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  22. Cowboy San Angelo, Texas where Bush got Drunk

    She lied to us Texans that she would not run again but she did , now she is bailing out trying to save face from the disastrous Republican records. Good ridance and take John Cornyn with you. Oh let him stay so I can vote against him and kick him out.

    October 16, 2007 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. Sam, IA

    Another Republican sees the handwriting on the wall. The party of whining, tooth gnashing nad fingerpointing returns to thier most appropriate role. Blaming others for thier mess.PS, Hannity need not worry about returning the Nobel peace prize if he wins it. No danger.

    October 17, 2007 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  24. Brian, Austin TX

    HELL YEAH! another neo-con leaving this states government! Like all the other far right wing nuts, she hasn't done anything for my state other than keep us down. All we need now is our governor Perry to step down.

    October 17, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. John smith

    Good Riddance

    October 17, 2007 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |