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

Georgia Republican to retire

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/27/art.linder0227.gi.jpg caption=" 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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soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. ronalde

    who cares,before it is all over a lot more will be retring,they would rather retire than to keep on letting boehner and lap dog make them look like fools they have to be embarrased by their party so instead of standing up to yhem they take the easy way out, a lot of dems are feeling the heat also,mainly the yellow dogs.

    February 28, 2010 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  2. Terry - Indiana

    Will the last worthless member of the House and Senate leaving the Capitol please turn out the lights in your office, "We the People could use a little help".

    February 28, 2010 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  3. Kathy a Nurse

    I'm sure the republicans in the house are tired of the strong arm tactics there party has become to signify. They in the house and the senate need to think of the american people and not their own political ambitions. John Boehner does nothing but lie to the american people and we are not all dumbies. We watch C-span and yesterdays healthcare debate was a joke on the republican side. All they did was put down the american people and not even care about us or our lives and stuggles everyday.
    The propaganda about wanting handout makes me VERY angry!. Everyone I know works hard or are trying hard to find a job again after there job were eliminated by cooporation who are the friends of the republicans.

    February 28, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  4. Miken3

    well well well, as an independant voter in almost everything and a conservative when it comes to managing our money, there comes a time when it is time to say it is time to say it is time to go to the party of NO and that is about all that I can say. Both parties have their idiots preaching idiology, but when it comes to common sense, I think that it really has been lost most recently in all of this talking point hype. good to see another go. let some new bloos with less ties to the lobbiests and the "old guard" in and maybe get some things do0ne and moving forward.

    February 28, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. joe blow from ga

    i don't live in gwinnett but i once did as a boy. if this district previously voted for republicans & the population demographics did not shift significantly since, then i guarantee they are not going to vote for the socialist democrats this time either so don't get excited dnc. georgia overall is strongly for the gop. democrats have been on spending spree since '06 & they won't stop so it's time we stopped them! this guy just didn't want to be a career politician like some other people! rangel, kennedy, kerry, shumer, pelosi, reid, dodd, frank, clinton, etc. keep dreaming dnc!

    February 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
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