November 13th, 2009
06:34 PM ET
4 years ago

Hutchison changes mind, will not resign Senate seat

Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is running for governor in Texas.
Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is running for governor in Texas.

Story updated below with Hutchison's remarks as prepared for delivery on Saturday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who previously said she would resign her seat to run for governor, will announce Saturday she will remain in the Senate as she seeks the Republican Party’s gubernatorial nomination, a Hutchison aide tells CNN.

"She will announce tomorrow at the Texas Federation of Republican Women’s Convention in Galveston that she will not be resigning her seat before the primary,” said the aide, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “She is running for governor because she feels it is important to fight on two fronts, for the race for governor and against the Democratic health care proposal and cap and trade.”

In July, Hutchison told Dallas radio station WBAP that she planned to leave the Senate in the fall.

"Then the actual leaving of the Senate will be sometime — October, November — that, in that time frame," she said.

The aide said that Hutchison “plans to resign” her Senate seat “after the primary,” which the aide noted she will win. The aide brushed off the question of whether she would quit if she ends up losing the primary to Gov. Rick Perry.

A Perry spokesman quickly responded to the latest news in what has been a contentious primary battle.

"We appreciate that Sen. Hutchison has taken the governor's advice and finally decided to make a decision to stay in Washington,” Perry spokesman Mark Miner said in a statement. “Hopefully this will allow her to be a full-time senator for the people of Texas."

UPDATE: A campaign aide passed along excerpts of the speech Hutchison will deliver tomorrow:

"I have said before that I intended to resign this fall after I worked to defeat the Obama health care bill," Hutchison will say. "I have not said the exact date for resignation because we were waiting for the Democrats to schedule the Senate debate.

"But the bill has now passed out of the House, taking us one perilous step closer to a government takeover of nearly one-third of our economy. We are a step closer to huge tax increases. To the loss of countless jobs. And the end of patient choice. The Democrats are going to pull out every stop to socialize American medicine. But we will fight it every step of the way. And it could be a long fight.

"I am more determined than ever to become the 48th Governor of the great state of Texas. But at the same time I must put what's best for my campaign aside and do what is best for our state. That is why I must stay in the Senate while running for the Republican nomination for Governor."


Filed under: Kay Bailey Hutchison • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. Party Purity will never bring Political Power!

    Sorry, KBH, it is called CYA. The cons in Texas will never vote for you and you know it.

    November 13, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Tom in Delaware

    Smart move seeing how Perry is going to crush you.

    November 13, 2009 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  3. 30 Year Veteran

    We've got to have you in government somewhere. Don't let a skunk like Perry scare you. There are plently of us Texans who wn't to see him tarred and feathered.

    November 13, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  4. Go, go, go!

    That's GREAT, Kay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 13, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  5. Marty, Grand Rapids MI

    "government takeover of nearly one-third of our economy" – Complete lie. There is no independent source that backs this up. Even the CBO says this will not happen. Insurance companies compete against non-profit insurance companies right now.

    "We are a step closer to huge tax increases" – Again, complete lie. My assumption is this is in reference to cap and trade. The CBO estimates an average increase of $175 per household by 2020. That is not a huge tax increase.

    If the above was in reference to healthcare, the huge tax increases are targeted to people making over 500,000 dollars a year. I would feel bad for this group if they haven't been getting richer over the last 20 years while everyone else is getting poorer.

    November 13, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  6. demsrulz

    I thought they were pushing for term limits

    November 13, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  7. please

    smart move because she aint gonna be governor. She must realize this so the backtracking

    November 13, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  8. proud conservative

    she won't resign because conservative Rick Perry will beat her easily!

    November 13, 2009 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  9. too much money

    she stands to lose a boat load, no way she gives up that gravy train

    November 13, 2009 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  10. Perusing-through

    WISE MOVE SEN. HUTCHISON . . .

    Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is smart, insightful, discerning, and has a lot more character than Texas Governor Rick Perry.

    However, the Senator has the misfortune of running for governor in a state where majority of the voting population are GOP ditto-heads that guzzle down Republican koolaid, even when it is clear Republican policies are bought and pushed by corporate lobbyist that are working against the interest of the American middle-class.

    November 13, 2009 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  11. Gary's worried

    She should run for Senate and then President. I like this woman.

    November 13, 2009 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  12. Independent Bob

    There is something fundamentally wrong when our elected officials who we are paying to do a job decide to run for another office while still on that payroll. Senator Hutchinson shoulld follow through with her offer to resign while she runs for governor of Texas. How can she focus on her Senate job while she is campaigning for governer.

    During the Presidential campaign three sitting Senators were running. At one point the Senate Majority Leader postponed a vote on legislation because the three were occupied with the Super Tuesday primaries. Those Senators were being paid to perform work as Senators not to run for President.

    You and I could not do that. This is an example of how our elected officials have assumed a sense of entitlement that we could never enjoy.

    November 13, 2009 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  13. Keith in Austin

    Hutchison and the current Governor, Rick Perry are both great Republicans. It will make a hard decision which one is better. I wish a liberal Dem was in office now so it would be a no-brainer who to vote for.

    November 14, 2009 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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