March 23rd, 2010
03:28 PM ET
8 years ago

Texas Republicans to Hutchison: Don't resign

Hutchison pledged to resign during her failed bid for Texas governor.

Hutchison pledged to resign during her failed bid for Texas governor.

Washington (CNN) – The 20 Republican members of Texas' congressional delegation have signed a letter to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison urging her not to resign her Senate seat – something she pledged to do during her unsuccessful bid for governor.

"We understand your desire to go home to Texas and spend more time with your family," the congressmen wrote in the letter obtained by CNN. "But we hope you realize how necessary your continued service in the U.S. Senate is, for Texas and for country."

Co-signers of the letter include Reps. Pete Sessions, Joe Barton, Jeb Hensarling, Ron Paul, Kevin Brady and Kay Granger.

Click here to read the letter.

Though she repeatedly vowed to resign her Senate seat during the Republican gubernatorial primary - which pitted her against Gov. Rick Perry and GOP activist Debra Medina - Hutchison never offered a detailed timeline as to when she might step down, saying only that she planned to remain in Washington as long as Republicans were fighting Democratic efforts at health care reform.

Hutchison and her staff have remained mum on her plans since Perry defeated her in the Republican primary earlier this month. Now that President Obama has signed health care reform into law, it would appear that Hutchison's fight against the legislation has come to an end.

But if Hutchison chooses to stay in the Senate, her GOP colleagues in the House are giving her cover.

"We, as Republican members of the Texas delegation to Congress, pledge to you that, if you will stay and fight, we will stay and fight alongside you," they wrote.

Hutchison's term expires in 2013.

Filed under: 2010 • Kay Bailey Hutchison • Texas
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. ATL Guy

    She won't be missed..... She should probably take some of her untrained and undisciplined Republican idiots with her.

    March 23, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. patricia c

    Kay go home and do something for yourself, Sometimes we need to just enjoy our grand children and gardening. So Kay Go Home.The Senate will take care of itself

    March 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |

    Republiklans are running for the hills. A vote against healthcare reform was the nail in the coffin for the GOP. Who's next? Sarah Palin is talking about pink slips. Here are some republiklans that will be getting them:


    March 23, 2010 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. El Gordo

    Come on, Kay. A promise is a promise. You promised the people of Texas that you would resign. We remember how much all Republicans criticized Johnson for running for Senate and VP in the same year. You promised that you would not be like Lyndon Johnson (though God knows we could use another Lyndon Johnson).

    Do the right thing. Resign.

    March 23, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Laverne

    oh go home, you are no good in Washington anyways. Only wish you could take your Texan buddies with you!

    March 23, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Greg

    She can quit, who cares. She hasn't done anything but occupied space since she's been there.

    March 23, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Ben in Texas

    If she resigns, Texas will just vote in another Repugnant who's at least as bad. Perry spent lots of time and money calling her names, but now that he's safely in control of the governor's mansion, he even wants her to stay in the Senate.

    It's a club. A liar's club, actually. They lie about the Democrats, about legislation, about cheating on their wives, and about each other. Then, they slap each other on the back, head to the bar, and have a drink that's paid for by lobbyist's money. Very cozy.

    March 23, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. j

    I don't really care about what Republicans do so long as they're in the minority and can't really damage things to badly but, IMO, she should serve out her term and retire.

    March 23, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. johnsonj3

    Who cares what these republican want get a life .

    March 23, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Save 'em in the womb, so a "christian" war can send 'em to the tomb

    Oh please.

    She kept pretending she was going to quit during the primary, but that is over and she lost.

    KBH was just posturing when she really was doing a little CYA with job.

    She never intended to nor will she leave the Senate.

    This begging is merely political theater in an effort to stay relevant.

    March 23, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Jacques

    I hope she doesn't resign, if only to illustrate how much a Republican's word is worth these days.

    March 23, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  12. raingirl2

    not only should she retire all of you old fossils should follow her your services are out dated your spirit is bigoted and your actions are reprehensible take a hike there is no room in today's congress for maliciousness, hatred bigotry or self centered self fulfilling corruption. to kbh and all you be gone the sooner the better you are no longer needed

    March 23, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Glenn Haller

    Now is not the time to resign. Finish out your term. We need all of the Republicans we can to off set the radical left in the Democratic party. Also, if you decide to finish your term it would give the GOP time to mentor some one to be your replacement. Thank you for your service to Texas and our country.

    March 23, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  14. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Let her quit, what has she done to save our liberty?
    Every incumbent in congress and senate should just resign.
    Come this fall the voters should and will put eveyone of you professional campaign fund raisers, corporate tools and party before the people politicians out of office.
    These people think of us as nothing more than serfs to serve them, because they are our rulers, they believe they are above it all, well my fellow voters this fall we need to bring them all down no matter what party or if they are liberal or conservative.
    You Are Fired!

    March 23, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  15. Squigman

    To all republicans. Please take a long walk on a short pier.

    March 23, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  16. Kathleen

    To Kay Bailey Hutchison-Resign-It's OK!!!!

    March 23, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If she's smart, she'll quit. The Republican party successfully used her to defeat herself against Gov. Rick Perry under the pretense they would support her. Now they want her to stand in for Rick Perry to replace her when he loses the governorship to Dem. Bill White.

    March 23, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. un-sung, nj

    the republicans never stop, they didn't support her in her race, now they want her to stay!!!

    don't fall for it KAY!!!!

    March 23, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. paula

    The constituents of the Texas delegation to Congress have urged them to urge her to stay. The usefulness of her Washington insider status was a detriment to achieving the office of governor for the most sovereign state of Texas, but wholly satisfactory and necessary for sending pork back to Texas. Texas Republicans want to have their cake and eat it too. Today we want to rant and rave about her satanic earmarks so that Governor Perry can keep the governorship and tomorrow we want to keep her in Washington in order to keep those angelic earmarks flowing our way. It really is as simple as that which speaks volumes about the continued hypocrisy of Texas Republicans.

    March 23, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. mike


    imagine that ... a GoPer not wanting to go through with what she promised to do & the rest of the GoP-crowd NOT wanting her to do what she said she'd do ...

    ehh, nothing new for the GoPers ...

    Kay Bailey made a badddd foot in mouth mistake here ... She gives fodder for anyone running against her in the primary & the general election (if she makes it that far) as nothing more that what Rick Perry said she was: and outsider that supports herself & DC over her state...

    It pains me to agree with Rick Perry, but I must say I've found common ground with him here .... I'm going to check the window & see if the sky is falling ...

    March 23, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain

    She should be a woman of her word and resign her Senate seat.

    March 23, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  22. Sandy

    Republicans sound desperate. LOL

    March 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  23. The Unsub

    Off to ole Shady Acres Old Folks Home. I never liked her.

    March 23, 2010 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  24. Rich

    Hmmm....another repub that doesn't keep promises....

    March 23, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Seth

    A grateful nation appreciates your excellent service to its' citizens.

    We would be equally grateful, if you would stay in order to help the good guys win one for the gipper. There is much work ahead of us, to unite moderate Democrats and get them to come over to the Conservative movement that better suits their constituents.

    You are a great lady, and a great example for others to follow in Washington.

    March 23, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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