February 27th, 2010
07:17 PM ET
7 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. Proud DEM

    Like I've said before...no one is buying into this crap that the Dems will be out of power come November or even 2012...we all know what your about Rethugs and no one is falling for this s&$*.....!!! I do believe that more Rethugs have retired than Dems?? We are trying to help the American people, not keep them from real reform....you Rethugs are a sad bunch....go run amok in the streets with your teapublicans ranting about no more big government, no more taxes...blah, blah, blah........

    February 27, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  2. Albert R. K. . L.A., CA

    Conservative principles? Oh, yeah, that means to restrict the Constitutional duty of Congress to provide for the general welfare in Art. 1, sec., 8, to taxing all to protect the wealth of the rich with the military, police, courts, and prisons and to protest against all other programs like health, education, social security as being, “Socialism” and “Big government.” And always protest against women and gays having equal rights in the military after they volunteer for war service to defend our rights but support global corporations, who will never volunteer for anything , to have freedom of speech like a golden calf with a golden tongue making lawmakers who bow to them rich and making those who don’t to have to compete against candidates who do. Finally, always use three parts fear, two parts God and one part flag in every campaign speech. Now that’s Conservative principles!

    February 27, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  3. Nancy

    I hope a tea party candidate runs here because then a Democrat could win. Because Gwinnett County may lean Republican, but there are more independent voters that want reasonable representation than people who would support an angry-at-the-world tea partier.

    February 27, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  4. Patriot

    "this ruby-red district " translated = trailer park

    February 27, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  5. Rob

    DCCC national press secretary Ryan Rudominer's response to Linder's announcement has ensured that a Republican will replace Linder in Congress. What a dweeb. He should've kept his mouth shut and focused on who the democratic candidate will be in Linder's district or offered that .

    February 27, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  6. Squigman

    Retire with full benies, and full pay. And, every time the house of thieves votes in a raise for themselves, he gets the raise too. Dont you wish you were as fortunate, as those who tell you to conserve and do without for the benefit of the nation. Apparently, they're concern for the nation ends with you making the sacrifice. WAKE-UP.

    February 27, 2010 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  7. Tayo

    For both parties, we are still counting the numbers! A wave of changes is moving across America!!

    February 27, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. Mike C

    For a second I thought it read "CNN Associate Producer Martha Stewart," hahaha.

    February 27, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |

    They said that they were not buying bohners hype. well neither are the voters. it will be a wonderful day when the republicans are like the whigs. history. now if we could only get rid of a couple of them from texas. Kay bailey hutcheson, john cornyn, including rick perry.

    February 27, 2010 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. LoveThyNeighbor

    I guess some of them are not going to wait until they get voted out. They are not able to take money from the American people now that the Democrats are in charge so, they will just take the money they made under the past administration and run. They know there will not be any more chances to pad their porfolios in the future. Clampdown time has come. It's nice to see them jump ship but, we need more people in Congress and the Senate who are willing to work FOR us. Sam

    February 27, 2010 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  11. RTB

    My hat off to the congressman from Georgia.

    It is refreshing to hear a Republican actually speak the truth.

    February 27, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  12. Eric S.

    Note to Charlie Cook and the growing number of "non-partisan" prognosticators on the 2010 mid-term elections predicting, in the words of Mr. Cook, a "horrific trajectory" for the Democrats come this November.

    Really ? how so ? The Republicans now have 19 of their members retiring. And actually they will need to defend 20 open seats with one Diaz-Balart brother (Lincoln) in Florida retiring while the other(Mario) leaves his own seat to run for Lincoln's.The result ? more than 10% of the entire Republican House membership heads for the exits with possibly 3-4 more to come. Now combine that with the huge money advantage held by the Democrats and the fact that the National Republican Party has only about $125,000.00 to spend on each congressional race, to say nothing of the Tea Party movement running their own candidates in Republican primaries and you've got a rather complicated outlook for both parties.
    There's no doubt that the Republicans will gain a large number of seats in 2010 for a number of good reasons, including a bad economy, a Congress that has gotten very little accomplished, a Democratic President with poll numbers at barely 50% and so on.
    Having said all of that, I find it hard to believe that the American electorate have such short memories that they've so easily forgotten which party held the House and the Senate for 12 unbroken years and the Presidency for 8 while the country fell into it's worst recession since the 1930's. Not to mention a series of tax cuts for the wealthy, a costly Medicare Drug benefit law and the Iraq war. all of which blew a huge hole in the deficit and left President Obama the worst economy in decades.
    So can someone tell me again, why and how do the Republicans stand to gain in the 2010 elections ???

    February 27, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  13. Jin

    So what do all these politicos [on both sides of the aisle] know that is causing them to run in droves from public office??? What the heck is up??

    February 27, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  14. leonardofru

    This is a safe GOP seat so the Progressives don't need to go all orgasmic.

    February 27, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  15. chuck

    Georgia is a red state. Another member of the Rich Man's party will have no problem taking the vacated seat. So don’t sweet it; the middle class will have another loser to drink tea with them while he screws them in Washington.

    February 27, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  16. Ryan

    A Ruby Red district? That's like admitting your community of voters is basically one giant inbred family of racist hillbillies that like their guns, Jesus and Wal-Mart and they don't want no "big-thinkin' high falutin' democratatarian in them office!"

    I swear the South is still fighting the civil war on progressiveness and it's embarrassing.

    – Former Virginian

    February 27, 2010 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  17. Boulder Guy

    In my more cynical moments, I sometimes wish that ALL Republicans retire from what is sometimes called "public service." "Corporate service" would be the (much) more honest description.

    Let's get decent, hardworking, honest people in Washington–regardless of party–who will stand up to Corporate America and who will instead serve the American people.

    February 27, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  18. Mark

    Step down " Party of No"

    February 27, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  19. joe

    Dems are idiots. Regardless who runs from the district a Republican will win. It is a safe seat. The mid terms are going to make 1994 look like like a bad date. The Dems are going to lose and lose big. In 1994 the Republicans took 8 Senate seets and 54 House seats. This time around the Republicans will take 10 Senate seats and 66 House seats. The Libs are done and this time it will be for a generation

    February 27, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  20. Charlie in Maine

    "Senator halts jobless-benefit extension"

    Oh darn I was hoping these two stories were connected.

    I hope you are paying attention America.
    GOP= Greedy Obstuctionist Poiicies (I had a different word in mind for the "P" but un-like the national Republican party I am capable of moderation.

    February 27, 2010 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  21. Emilee

    We need MORE Republicans to retire.....they're useless anyway.

    February 27, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Apparently the Middle of the road Republicans are looking at the Tea Baggers and deciding retirement looks good. The Repubs are going to have to go so far right they will end making John Birtch look like a liberal. Bless the Tea Baggers. They are going to be the death of the Republican Party as it has been known for the last century.
    Unless some of the leadership realizes that pandering to the worst of the countries religeous zelots, racists, bigots, homophobes and other assorted psychos is a bad idea, the Democrats may be off on a long period of unobstructed rule.
    Go team, go.

    February 27, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. Spencer

    In regards to the comment from the DNC: Ah yes, because the Democrats are sitting so well.

    February 27, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  24. Jeff

    Watch out incumbents. Nobody likes any of you.

    February 27, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Mike H.

    Wouldn't it be refreshing if all the Republicans would retire and get out of the way of our nation's progress? Republican policies have done more to hinder our nation's future than anything any terrorist cell has managed!

    February 27, 2010 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
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