Democratic Senator Jim Webb not seeking re-election in 2012

By Sahil Kapur
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 11:59 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election in 2012.

He joins several over Senate Democrats in calling it quits after the 112th Congress, including Sens. Kent Conrad (ND), Byron Dorgan (ND), and Joe Lieberman (CT), an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

The news was first reported by Politico‘s Ben Smith, who learned of it from a senior Senate source.

“It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate,” Webb said in a statement.

“However, after much thought and consideration I have decided to return to the private sector, where I have spent most of my professional life, and will not seek re-election in 2012.”

Webb seemed likely to face former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), whom he defeated in the 2006 elections.

He was one of 23 Democrats whose seats were up for grabs in the 2012 elections, as opposed to just 10 Republicans.

Smith reported that Democratic leaders believe Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, a former governor of Virginia, would be their top candidate to challenge Republicans for the seat. Kaine has not publicly expressed any intention of wanting it.

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  • Guest

    A social conservative who was also an economic populist in some ways, he had no chances of winning. Just like his proposal for a windfall profits tax on the Wall Street bank vampires went absolutely nowhere. They were going to do everything they could to prevent him from winning. Kaine is far more corporate friendly, probably even more so than the self-hating anti-Semite racist “Macaca” Allen.

  • Anonymous

    Are Democrats nothing but a bunch of quitters and cowards when the going gets tough? It would appear so!

  • Anonymous

    Another Blue Dog… man, they’re dropping like flies. As a Blue Dog he was pretty progressive I think.

  • nycplayboy78

    AMEN!!!! I hope all of those Blue Dog Bastards GTFO!!!

  • Anonymous

    Tim Kaine is definitely the best candidate for the Democrats to run against George “Macaca” Allen.

  • BrainRagYell

    Bill? Serving out your term and choosing not to run again is not “quitting.” Besides, as he’s another Blue Dog, a progressive doesn’t need him.

    For the record, “quitting” is when you’re elected to a position to serve the public–like, say, Mayor of Wasilla–and then leaving office before your term is up because you’re concerned “they” might start prying into your financial records.


  • Anonymous

    Oh well. Just flip a coin and put a new face on another contestant for “Faking Out America.”

  • gypski®

    Now is a great time for real third party candidates to step up. Get rid of the machine politicians and get back to the original intent of the Constitution. Representation with a clear cross section of the population being represented. that means promoting the General Welfare by real job creation, real one provider health care, stripping corporations of individual rights and making them pay their real fair share, depoliticize the courts, etc.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    You do know it was him who submitted a bill that would overhaul our entire drug code, right? After 70+ years of prohibition, illegal drugs are more prevalent and more pure than ever, and he introduced a bill to examine the efficacy of our war on (some) drugs.

  • Phil E. Drifter

    Try ‘elected to serve as the Governor of the entire state of Alaska and then quitting after being the target of dozens of lawsuits for misappropriation of funds in order to put your personal preferences ahead of those of your state.’

  • Anonymous

    As I said, he’s been progressive for a Blue Dog… Joe Lieberman does something right every once in a while. Does that mean I should support him?

  • Anonymous

    A tough race in 2012 against Macaca Allen? Jeez louise! Who would vote for that moron again? Oh sorry I forgot about the republican voters. They actually like to vote for people who are a tad more stupid than themselves………..it makes them feel smarter.

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention the billions spent on the war on drugs over the years.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J2BKVG44GLNRGIAYKD7UO4O27E Arthur Young

    The third party has been blocked by evolution in politics, the 2 dominant ones have installed agents for their organizations, the money, power, and legislators have it well locked at the Presidential level. You can argue the lesser of 2 evils, but the Dems have also demonstrated their loyalty to the almighty lobbyists/corporatists. The only change will come..like the Egyptians…when there are more people affected by the policies implemented by politicians but controlled by a small cadre of powerful elites who only care about engines of industry rather than the people beneath their noses.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bob-Zentrails/100001475536421 Bob Zentrails

    I hope they are right. Tim Kaine will beat Macaca Allen with ease.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TCMA5PJTVIOV6RTJT2OMVZK634 Richard

    oops as i meant to say until we dump the corp toadies from all political positions we shall all be screwed, Walk like an eygptian stand up for yourselves and take back our country, make a stand for the people and progressive thinking

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    I keep hearing Obamites saying that marijuana re-legalization is possible if their guy gets a second term – the theory being that no-one facing an election in the future would take the lead on such a radical issue. Seems like pie in the sky to me, but Jim Webb, with no more elections in his future could show me something, perhaps, maybe, possibly, oh who the fuck am I kidding!

  • Anonymous

    Webb ran on a single issue, Bush’s illegal, unconstitutional, immoral war. Obama has embraced the wars wholesale. I think Webb is as disgusted with Obama as with Bush.

    Kaine couldn’t win today in VA, that’s for sure, but things can change in a heartbeat.

    Allen is a retread, and I think he would win today (Kaine played a cynical budget game as he left VA’s governorship, giving the bird to Virginians – I don’t think he will be welcome back in the commonwealth).

    But I don’t think Allen will support the radical cuts across the board in the federal government that it will take to save our dollar, our economy, and our country. Nor do I think he’s the guy to reinvigorate personal initiative, responsibility, voluntary charity,and civic virtue, which will have to be resuscitated as we tear down the government and embrace freedom once again in Virginia and across the country.

  • Anonymous

    How about this…
    Oh well. Just flip a coin and put a new face on another contestant for “F**king OF America.”

  • Elim

    He’s just tired of fitting that awful hairpiece on every day.