December 9th, 2009
06:20 PM ET
6 months ago

Another Democrat to exit Congress

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Brian Baird, D-Washington, announced Wednesday that he will not run for a seventh term next year, making him the third Democratic congressman to retire and effectively end a career in elected public service.

"This is not an easy decision to be sure, but I believe it is the right decision at the right time," Baird said in a statement, where he also promised to serve out his term "with the same level of commitment I have always given the people" of the 3rd Congressional district.

Two other Democrats, Dennis Moore of Kansas and John Tanner of Tennessee, previously said they were retiring with no plans to run again. Six other House Democrats will leave at the close of the 111th Congress to seek another office.

President Obama won Baird's district in 2008, but President Bush won it in 2004.

The National Republican Congressional Committee cheered Baird's decision as a sign that Democrats would rather "throw in the towel" than face difficult re-election bids next year.

"With this being the third retirement by a swing-district Democrat in as many weeks, it is clear that the Democrat incumbents are feeling the ground shaking underneath them," said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain in an e-mail to CNN. "As the unemployment rate remains unacceptably high and Democrats continue on with their out-of-touch agenda, independent voters are rightfully fleeing the Democratic Party."


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soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. terry horn

    Oh, theres gonna be alot of democrat congressmen leaving Washington.

    December 9, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  2. sweetness

    How about the 7 Republican Senators not running for re-election?

    December 9, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. ann

    good bye everyone. I hope that there are more leaving
    .Washington d.c. It has been the land of attorney/ politicians that would throw you under the bus if it meant they would get re-elected
    They do not care about the American people, except to get their own little agendas passed and to put something in their pockets for themselves

    December 9, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  4. Keith in Austin

    The writing is Clearly on the wall

    December 9, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  5. Ben

    Of course some Republican would call it throwing in the towel. I doubt he was throwing in the towel. This is a very liberal state, especially this district and Republicans in general, don't even have a prayer to win this district I live in.

    December 9, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  6. Fitz In Texas

    I would throw in the towel as well if I knew I didn't have a chance in hell to win. At least you have to give him a little credit for doing the smart thing.

    December 9, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. texasgreenacres

    Maybe he stopped and thought.I've been here long enough?You are a product of your environment. Well Ive been exposed to a bunch of IDIOTS CALLING THEMSELVES REPUBLICANS now the democrats are almost like the republicans because of excessive exposure to ignorance.SO WITH A HEAVY HEART A CLEAR MIND AND MY SANITY INTACT He say's good bye and good luck to all because it what everbody is ridding on WHAT A HELL OF A RIDE

    December 9, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Woonsocket

    They see the writing on the wall. Marxist Leninist POTUS = end of Dem party.

    December 9, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  9. ib

    There will be a lot of demo's leaving congress in 2010 if they keep pushing their far left agenda down our throats. Cap & Scam along with health care takeover should both be DOA. This congress is a nightmare for the working man.

    December 9, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. unkown

    "With this being the third retirement by a swing-district Democrat in as many weeks, it is clear that the Democrat incumbents are feeling the ground shaking underneath them," said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain in an e-mail to CNN. "As the unemployment rate remains unacceptably high and Democrats continue on with their out-of-touch agenda, independent voters are rightfully fleeing the Democratic Party."

    December 9, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  11. Keith A. Sillsbury

    sorry ken, but its just like the GOstoPo to turn a good thing like the term limit movement into a fear monger attack. Thats why you and your repugNOt party is becoming extinct. you won't be getting any of those seats either buddy. we'll give them to independants before republicans.

    December 9, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  12. Rick Day

    NRCC spokesman=whistling past graveyard.

    Nice try.

    December 9, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  13. Andrew

    Despite the Republican party's bluster... they ain't going to the them either.

    With any luck, we are looking at the beginning of the end for the two party-same party/different words system of government, and a return to true governance of the people, by the people, and for the people.

    December 9, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  14. Unemployed In Iowa because of Obama

    Another spot to be filled by a people listening Independent. Time for one term osamaObama and voting out the traitor democrates.

    December 9, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  15. They call me "tater salad"

    You Republicans can chirp all you want about how the Democrats haven't done much, but the fact still remains that the GOP hasn't done much of anything either (unless you count obstructing and belly-aching) nor did they do much when they had the chance!(unless you count taking a quarter billion dollar surplus and turning it into a 5 trillion dollar deficit) So you Republicans better go catch your arguement, cuz I think I just saw it fly right out the window!

    December 9, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. tom

    Like to see the rest do the same.

    December 9, 2009 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  17. D. Tree

    The GOP looks like a bunch of idiots: they sit on the sidelines taking cheap shots and collecting OUR TAX DOLLARS for their salaries. Meanwhile, the Democrats are working hard to solve problems.

    December 9, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Slider

    First the Congress in 2010; then, the White House in 2012.

    I only hope that whoever is elected will win with the primary goal of categorically reversing every policy decision that has been done by the Democrats since their super-majority.

    And yes, that includes the bastage-child known as healhcare.

    December 9, 2009 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Perusing-through

    MY PREDICTION . . .

    In the 2010 U.S. Legislative races the Democrats and Republicans will win some and lose some, but control will remain in Democrats hands.

    Nothing to see here; everyone move on. :-)

    December 9, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  20. Matt

    I don't mind democrats or republicans as long as they are honest about their intentions. These last 10 months have been crazy. As a business owner, I'm not sure if the government is going to put me out of business with 1) tax hikes (happened last month), 2) healthcare overhauls that will increase my costs, 3) environmental policies that will hurt my clients and therefore me (already many clients have cut budgets until they gauge what Obama and Congress will do)....

    It's scary having thug like Obama threatening everyone, and a fellow democratic majority Congress (with Pelosi and Reid) jamming horrible legislation down everyone's throat, and SEIU and ACORN corrupting everything around them.

    December 9, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. m smith

    Hopefully they will be replaced by new deomcrats so the repos will have nothing to gain. They try nd put a spin on everything

    December 9, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  22. T'SAH from Virginia

    "The National Republican Congressional Committee cheered Baird's decision as a sign that Democrats would rather "throw in the towel" than face difficult re-election bids next year."

    Keep believing this is TRUE!!! On another note, we already know what the REPUBLI-CAN'Ts are all about – NOTHING!!! And, a REPUBLI-CAN't cannot BEAT himself so there will be another Democrat running for every one that is retiring.

    MAYBE these folks that are RETIRING are thinking about running for another HIGHER office.........JEEZ!!

    December 9, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  23. Pres. Obama

    They're dropping like flies.
    Is it something I said?

    December 9, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  24. Reggie

    It's better to resign than loose reelecton. The democrats are in deep trouble this election.

    December 9, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  25. Michelle

    Oh, yeah, we're shaking in our boots all right. Could it be that these guys, all long term Congressmen, have just decided that it's time to get back to the real world? You knwo, the one where people don't spend millions of dollars lying about you? If I were Republican, I wouldn't be so cocksure that unemployment will remain at these levels another six months, and that Obama's agenda will all fail. Don't count your chickens...

    December 9, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
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