May 5th, 2010
12:34 PM ET
5 years ago

Republicans weigh in on Obey's retirement

Washington (CNN) – The National Republican Congressional Committee is weighing in on Rep. David Obey's decision not to run for re-election later this year.

"There is no question that David Obey was facing the race of his life and that is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama's failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain said in a statement.

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Filed under: 2010 • David Obey • NRCC • Wisconsin
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Luke Brown

    Pathetic response by the GOP. They attack good, solid public servants even when they announce their retirements.

    Are Republicans for anything or just committed to tearing down government any way they can.

    BTW ... the economy is on the upswing. Memo to GOP: Obama's economic policies are working.

    May 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Mike from Wisconsin

    Obey is a prime example of why our government has failed us. This fat, lazy, socialist wrote the stimulus bill that has done nothing but take more money from our paychecks and our childrens paychecks and our grandchildrens paychecks. Seriously, here is a guy who still thinks he is in the 60's in Madison..........Newsflash Obey, we are in 2010 and everybody is treated equally and has an equal chance to be successful if they work hard. But Obey and Obama think everything is so racially unjust so they can get votes by keeping people poor having them live off of government handouts, WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is so happy the Health Bill Scam passed, well guess what Obey, republicans will take back the House in november and then they will defund it, then they will take back the Senate and the presidencey in 2012, and then they will repeal it. How do you like those apples? Good riddence to fat lazy rubbish!

    May 5, 2010 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  3. Marty, FL

    Failed, NRCC? Is that why GOP affiliates hypocritically supported stimulus (ex. Rubio) and welcomed funds that Republicans were 'supposedly' against? Come on.

    Fortunately, the Recovery Act has helped our economy out of a recession, assisted jobs, etc.

    May 5, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  4. Jay

    The National Republican Congressional Committee doesn't even have the decency to congratulate the man for honorably serving his country for so long.

    May 5, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Guest

    Why would anyone in their right mind want to have to deal with those "nasty, do nothing but help wall street, big banks, big oil, big business, big campaign contributer" Republicans if they did not have to?

    Get ready to be back to the doors of a depression when the Republicans return to control.

    Thanks Obama for saving us from the Bush/Cheney induced depression.

    May 5, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. usualone

    Failed policy? - Only in the Republican propaganda. Unfortunately, people will believe these lies if they don't read. The Republicans have a policy of "no" policy.

    May 5, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  7. Kimberly Harding

    failed? really? please do give examples you right wing LYING loons! Lets see, job growth, housing on track, spending up...failed? you mean all THOSE failures... The right is so far out of its mind they dont even COUNT any more! SHUT UP!

    May 5, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Dr. Julianne Still Thrift

    The RNC has absolutely "no class." Congressman Obey has served our country with honor and commitment. One need not agree with each of his tens of thousands of votes to appaud his decades of public service. What happened to thanking people for their hard work and wishing them well?

    Having been a college president for many years before my retirement, I understand someone being "bone tired." I regret that Chairman Obey will be leaving Congress, but I cheer his candid statement and hope that he will rejoice in his well-deserved "bonus years" of retirement.

    Shame on the RNC (once again). Perhaps Mr. Spain drank his lunch at a strip club before his statement!

    May 5, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Nice comment Ken, you really are a classy guy!

    May 5, 2010 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  10. Realist

    Instead of "failed stimulus plan," read "plan to undo the horrendous damage done to the US economy by George W. Bush's presidency that is only now beginning to see results."

    May 5, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Chris

    The GOP should ask Sarah Palin to run! "The stimulus helped people and companies to get over the Bush era financial disaster and now Americans must man-up, work, and not ask for any more handouts from the government!" As a Republican, I say, get rid of Social Security and unemployment benefits.

    May 5, 2010 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  12. Hannah

    Republicans are so good at criticizing everything this administration does but they offer nothing, no solutions to solving the problems that they themselves caused. But that makes sense. They are good at spewing hatred and bad at leading the country. That should tell us right there who to vote for in November.

    May 5, 2010 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  13. stimulis is working great

    The Republicans that lie about fiscal responsibility and low taxes are crying about the plan that has are country on the upswing after the GOP tried their best to ruin our great nation. God bless the Democrats.

    May 5, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  14. abe

    People who believe that the stimulus plan has not worked need to study politics 101. What was a president supposed to do when he came in an economy that was dead and the Republicans under Bush's presidency did not have a solution nor come up with a solution. It is always easy to criticize than give support/ compliment for someone trying to save the economy and our country. Lately the Republicans have forgotten there is a work called support/ praise but they would rather complain. This is not big or small government and not a beauty contest. This is about saving our economy and put back people to work, keep people in there homes and once again bring pride in peoples lives. God Bless our country.

    May 5, 2010 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  15. WhoCares?

    Everytime the NRCC comments...it like reading a post by a bitter 12 year old.

    So shameful.

    May 5, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  16. Diane

    Why does everything call for bashing of the other party. Whey don't people just try to get along and do what's best for the country as a whole? Why do we have to grind people into the dirt, if we don't agree with them politically? Can't we each have our own opinion and state it without name-calling?

    May 5, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  17. mike

    these republicans who talk this crap and never had a solution to the
    problem amaze me can you see the state this country would be in
    if we had drill baby drill in this country everyone would be out of a job with no healthcare or home to live in or car to drive they complained
    about the bailout of GM but they didn't say a word that the money
    that was used for the bailout is being paid back with interest that is
    american that is what this country should be all about not about
    failure and no

    May 5, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Andrew Buffalo, NY

    The ignorance of people on the site is appauling. How can you say the stimulus plan has not worked? America is adding jobs AND looks to be adding more jobs in the coming months!

    Seriously, Republicans can not admit Barack Obama is doing a good job because it will mean a Democratic take over for the next 30 years!

    Prez Obama will teach this generation on the importance of effective and effecient government. Teach us what happens when we work together towards a common goal.

    I have a prediction... In 2012, there will be an increase in small towns/rural areas voting democratic (especially if Obama is on the ballot) because his STIMULUS investments is improving the manufacturing sector of our economy (which benefits the rural economy).

    May 5, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Louis in Wisc.

    I'm a republican and i'm sick of every idea somebody puts out we just "NO" lets hear so our leaders put some good ideas out there not just say "NO" to everything

    May 5, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. Marie (Portland, Oregon)

    As usual the National Republican Congressional Committee and its fellow Republicans are weighing on something because talking is all they ever do. I too can't wait until November when the silent majority that the media and pollsters seem to overlook finally get a chance to be heard at the ballot box. I for one will never vote for a Republican ever again and I know dozens of others who, like myself, are former Republicans and want to put an end to the obstruction in Congress. It has been clear for some time now that Republicans are putting party above the welfare of their constituents so its time to elect lawmakers who do.

    May 5, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    yep the far right is correct, Obama should have let the banks fail, offer NO stimulus, let GM crash and continue with the trickle down economics that the rich offered by getting tax cuts. In the meantime folks like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck are getting millions of dollars to tell us commonfolk how Obama is ruining the country and Sarah Palin is collecting the 12 million dollars to tell her fans what they want to hear. And from what I read here a lot there are quite a few that buy that option. I don't blame this guy for leaving, I would too.

    May 5, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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