February 27th, 2010
07:17 PM ET
3 years ago

Georgia Republican to retire

 Georgia Republican John Linder, pictured here in a 2002 file photo, is the 7th House Republican to announce he will not be running for re-election in November.
Georgia Republican John Linder, pictured here in a 2002 file photo, is the 7th House Republican to announce he will not be running for re-election in November.

(CNN) - Republican Rep. John Linder of Georgia won't seek re-election in November's midterm election, a National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman said.

Linder made the announcement Saturday during a speech at the Gwinnett County Republican headquarters in his home state, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

"It has been an honor to serve alongside John and his presence in the House will surely be missed," NRCC Chairman Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said in a statement.

Sessions added, "Above all, his service to the citizens of the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia was unmatched, and I am confident that voters in this ruby-red district will elect another capable Republican to continue supporting the conservative principles that John so passionately promoted."

A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Linder's decision to retire is another blow to House Republicans' aspirations in this midterm election year.

Linder and his fellow House Republicans who are not seeking re-election this year, are "not buying the hype from [House Minority Leader] John Boehner and the NRCC that House Republicans will somehow take back the House," DCCC national press secretary Ryan Rudominer said in a statement.

Linder is the 7th House Republican to announce that he will not seek re-election in November.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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  1. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Good news comes in bunchs,thanks.

    February 27, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Dave

    I lean Democrat but it kills me when the press feels like they have to go and get a Dem quote about the impact on the races. News organizations no longer report on the issues, just the scoreboard. And not one word about what Linder's done in Congress. Maybe not much, but at least try.

    February 27, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. Edwin

    Is there really a sort of mass exodus from Congress this year? Or is it just that the media is making a deal about it, and hasn't in the past?

    February 27, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  4. southern cousin

    You gotta love the DCCC remarks. I had just read an article about prolonng marijuana use making the users psychotic. I think that is what must be wong with the liberals.

    February 27, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Mark S.

    dropping like flies – fleeing the hypocrisy

    February 27, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  6. I voted for Obama and proud of it in Oregon

    another republican wanting to get far away from the party of NO . also in reading down the tea party answers one MR.RUSTY talked about the constitution and the rights of americans he is a very very sick puppy . he thinks we can have another revolution . again a sick sick person . we are not back in that time anymore . and if you think you can over throw a stable government . you go right ahead . your family can visit you in a federal prison or a federal mental hospital . because buddy you are one sick puppy . and for people like you to even go there is freaky . the TEA PARTY IS A SICK GROUP OF HATEFUL PEOPLE and your crap only proves this point . our current president is doing every thing he can to improve our problem . with out people like you being productive. so do the country a favor wait until 2012 and vote for whom ever you want to , we have that right and you should do just that , but please shut your ignorant mouth about a war between a few sick people and our great nation of american citizens whom pay taxes and follow the law .. I hope you haven't bred with anyone or anything lately . your ideas need to go away :)

    February 27, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  7. TOTUS 4 PRESIDENT

    So why is this "another blow to House Republicans' aspirations in this midterm election year."? Reps will easily hold this seat, so that statement is desperate, wishful thinking on the part of Dems. It is a perfect time for Reps who hold safe seats to retire if they want; the Dems will still lose their majority. I think I will take Charlie Rangel's seat...

    February 27, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  8. jim atmadison

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    Oh, I keep forgetting. We only do that when Dems retire.

    February 27, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. barry

    the republicans should be concerned...i have a good friend who's parents are southern baptist..live in rural georgia...and have been staunch republicans all their life...and were always high income earners..the last 2 years one retired and the other lost their job....they have been dealing w huge healthcare cost...due to preexisting conditions and are now solidly behind this President..

    February 27, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  10. barb

    Even Repubs don't buy into John Boehner's rants. Hurry, John, make my day and announcment your retirement too! Then you can have all the time you want to tan and golf.

    February 27, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Joycehelene

    The Republicans need all the blows they can get, they all should retire.

    February 27, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  12. What's Up ?

    Across both parties there have been more senate or congressional retirements in the past few months then I can ever remember in a single year. Why all of sudden are so many politicians calling it quits? It like rats jumping a sinking ship.

    February 27, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  13. Ken in NC

    WOW Seems like there are more Republicans running for the hills than Democrats. Now if only we could get the rest of them out and send in all new Senators and Congreeman.

    February 27, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. c spurgeon

    Lets hope a moderate whether red or blue. We need to have someone to vote their own concience rather than the party line. Term Limits are the key to moving the wackos out.

    February 27, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. jules sand-perkins

    Mr. Rudominer can spin the situation any way he likes for the Democrats.
    The truth is that Congress will have a very different appearance after November: voters have to save the country from a big, big mistake.

    February 27, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. 2 cents

    Another southern Republican that will need help, carrying out that briefcase full of money, golden parachutes, and offers from lobbiest and special interest groups, and anything else he stole from the public.

    February 27, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. vicki

    since all the comments have been close for ret. bunning, I just want to spit in his lobster eater face. He is scum of the earth nast nasty ....scum scumm ....someone tell him to go take a crop in the back 40 and keep his nasty mouth close....tell him for all his children and grandchildren to go and collect employment, but they dont have to, cause he alrady in his career wheel and deal us poor folks taxes and was paid from our hard earning money, SCUM BAG! PRINT THIS!

    February 27, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  18. D.

    Ok, the guy retires, this is something. ... and btw, Tim Purdon has been nominated by the president to the justice dep. due to political connection is another news item..... Cleaning up politics was a theme in the president's campaign, but "we ended up campaigning John,"..... as the president said, is the current mode of thinking at the WH, and no one noticed the irony that the President himself is pointing out the BIG gap of his campaign rhetorics and his execution or his keeping promises!

    February 27, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  19. Batnit

    He's missing out on what is sure to be a big fall election for republicans. I work for the website Storyburn where the mess that lands on our doorstep each day is getting worse. We have the most read home foreclosure stories on the web as well as several job hunting stories.

    February 27, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  20. james

    I don't know what the DNCC goof is thinking. Gwinnett County is solid red. No chance for the socialists there.

    February 27, 2010 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  21. Sanity-in-Florida

    "A spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Linder's decision to retire is another blow to House Republicans' aspirations in this midterm election year."

    Maybe the spokesman should look at the history of the district and its voter demographics before making such a stupid comment. It is solid GOP and Linder's retirement does not threaten it.

    February 27, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  22. James

    ANOTHER one??? Oh man, the Republicans are dropping like flies, their party must be falling apart!!...oh, wait, we only react like that when a Democrat retires? Way to go, Linder, quit while you're ahead.

    February 27, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  23. Albo58

    Does the corrupt DCCC actually think a Dimwit will win this seat? Puh-leez!

    February 27, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. ddey

    Pigs will most likely fly before a Republican will not win this seat next year. This is more a blow to the Fair Tax than Republicans hopes of gaining seats in the house next year.

    February 27, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  25. Jim

    Quick! Some shout: "Oh my god! The are dropping like flies! They are too scared to face a reelection campaign"

    If the some one doesn't do this, the 24-hour news business may grind to a halt....

    February 27, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
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