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Jon Kyl, second-ranked Senate Republican, retiring in 2012

By Sahil Kapur
Thursday, February 10, 2011 13:21 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the second highest-ranking Republican in the chamber, announced Thursday that he will retire in 2012.

Kyl, the Minority Whip, has served in the US Senate since 1995, and before that held a House seat in Arizona for eight years.

“There is no other reason than the fact it is time,” Kyl told reporters at a news conference, according to The Associated Press. “It is time for me to do something else and time to give someone else a chance.”

“Some people stay too long, and there are other things to do in life. I never expected to be in office for 26 years.”

Reports swirled around the web Thursday morning about Kyl’s likely retirement after Politico‘s Dave Catanese tweeted that the senator would not seek a fourth term next year.

Kyl, 68, was one of ten Republican senators up for re-election in 2012. He joins Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and three Democrats in vacating their seats following next November’s election.

“In the Bible it says, of course, that there is a time for every thing,” Kyl added, as quoted by Talking Points Memo.

The website reported that Kyl also said he considered retiring in 2006, but ended up staying because the GOP’s chances of retaining the seat would have been diminished without him.

In tandem with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Kyl helped craft the GOP’s strategy of unrelenting opposition to Democrats’ initiatives in the era of President Barack Obama.

At the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC on Thursday, McConnell said Kyl’s retirement was “a big loss for the country.”

 
 
 
 
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  • Anonymous

    The human stall tactic is stepping down? I don’t believe he wont push it off for a another term. It’s what he does.

  • Guest

    “I never expected to be in office for 26 years.”

    Well, Kyl, if the country had TERM LIMITS, as it should, you’d have been out on your Rethug ass a LONG time ago!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPV6LRYFLBF6AYBLXYMS6L3XGQ chris

    He’s a first class lying asshole for sure.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    “I never expected to be in office for 26 years.” But DANG! the money was too darned easy to give up and Ijust loved screwing over the American people while doing it Now I can live off my lobbyists doing the work for me. Sooo long, suckers!

  • Anonymous

    “My state is a complete mess, and has become the laughingstock of the nation. My work here is done. Kyl out.”

  • http://twitter.com/honorablelordk Karim Walker

    Good bye and good riddance. This culd be a big pick-up for the Dems, if they are smart.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Powell-Gammill/500083817 Powell Gammill

    Sieg Kyl!

  • http://www.BaltimoreGreenCurrency.org Shrapnel

    Woman hating, drug warring, homophobic, islamophobic, constitution shredder to retire because he couldn’t get his own way on expanding the nuclear arms race. Good riddance.

  • Anonymous

    In Arizona? Never happen. Those people make Texans look smart. And seeing as how Texas leads the country in things like largest number of uninsured and one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, that is really saying something. Arizona is full of stupid white people who wouldn’t know what is in their own best interests if you FORCED them. how else can you explain people who keep putting McCain BACK into office every chance they get? And Kyl himself, what a fucked up piece of work HE is. I’ll be glad to see him gone, but I really wonder if the idiot they choose as his replacement is gong to be worse. By all indications, Kyl will look like a humanitarian by comparison.

    I’d like to think that you could be right, but I don’t see any evidence for it.

  • Anonymous

    Rats abandoning the sinking ship USS FED?

  • Anonymous

    Not to worry. Arizona appears to have an overabundance of “talent” so that Kyl can be replaced without any interruption to the flow of pure depravity.

  • Anonymous

    Time to get rid of all the old fogies.

  • Gert B Frobe

    God, do they always have to quote the bible?

  • Anonymous

    Especially when their cheating on their wives or just fooling around with boys!

  • Gert B Frobe

    Isn’t that funny how those 2 go hand in hand

  • Anonymous

    Time for McConnell to hydrate himself for his pending water works…

  • Anonymous

    Can you say J.D. Hayworth? Shrapnel at 11:48 said it well and with J.D. it will get worse. Jan Brewer would be preferable and less of a Right Wing @$$hole.

  • Anonymous

    Gee, it would sure be nice if that scumbag had to read these comments. It wouldn’t be justice for the harm he’s caused, but it sure would be nice.

  • Anonymous

    Well, like I said, I don’t expect anything but the worst from AZ. And to think that I once thought of moving there…

  • hegesias

    Wow. There really must just be too much money in lobbying.

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what degree the Teabagger challenge McCain and others faced has to do with Kyl & Hutchinson?

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Janet Napi Please, Please, Please go home and put this seat into Demo hands…PLEASE!

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Or hand to mouth or mouth to hand….sorry I just hand my second cup of Pikes Roast!

  • http://www.rawstory.com/ Stumptownhero

    Janet Napolitano was re-elected Gov in 06 with 67% of the vote. It is possible with the “correct” type of Democrat. Additionally, their AG Tom Horne is a Dem so it is NOT a pipe dream to think a Dem could win a statewide election

  • Anonymous

    True, but the last 2 years has brought the absolute loons out of the woodwork. And for some reason, AZ seems to be one of the real loon preserves in this country. I hope you’re right, but to me it looks like the teabagger loons will be doing everything they can to ruin things, and some people will fall for their idiot. I’d like to be wrong. I’d like to have been wrong for the last 30 years. We’d be in a much better country if I had been.

  • Anonymous

    As long as it was only once…

  • Anonymous

    Hey John, why not just go now? We won’t hold it against you, I promise!

  • Anonymous

    Nice, but AZ has become so 30′s Germany they’ll just put in somebody worse, if that’s possible.

  • Winski

    Got ‘cha…. Grampy McSame is next….

  • Anonymous

    He didn’t exactly “quote” from the bible. He alluded to something in the bible that somone else will have to fill in.

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad he’s retiring so he’ll have more time to reflect on how he worked to destroy this nation.

  • Anonymous

    I can’t stomach Kyl. He’s a bloated self-absorbed hypocrite. Gone is the best place for him to be.

  • Guest

    This ghoul is quoting the Bible now? My effing lord….

    Good riddance to it. It was a cancer on the Senate. Unfortunately even worse things like Mike Lee and Pat Toomey and Rand Paul are now part of that body. Talk about the walking dead.

    I’d be even happier if I thought there was a rat’s chance in hell that someone progressive could win his seat, but I think that’s almost like hoping that we actually will have a real progressive party leading or in opposition in Congress ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYSO4QKTV4W5DVINPB3RWGLJB4 GregJ

    McDonnell announces a “new job” that forces her to move to Phoenix in 3… 2…

  • http://www.zazzle.com/InfinitudeTortoises* An Infinitude of Tortoises

    Outbreaks of spontaneous dancing were reported in the streets of Phoenix; Sheriff Joe is cracking down….

  • Anonymous

    His Rent-A-Boy will show up soon. George Soros should organize a team of private investigators to expose everything there is about every cancervative reslugliCON christian patriot so the dumbass dittohead and teagagger voters can know who their “leaders” really are.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    Kyl is also current co-chair of the Committee on the Present Danger with Joe Lieberman, Cold Warrior nut-cases on full throttle, who were the root of the Trillion Dollar Experiment foisted upon the unskilled Reagan, and the core of “Team B”, the predecessor and grandfather of the Office of Special Plans in its effort to create a hobgoblin out of CIA scraps to justify war expenditures.

  • Anonymous

    Retire ….from what? This lazy minded obstructionist has precious little to show for his time in the Senate. I have no doubt that he will take his Government run health care when he goes back to gated white rich life. FOAD

  • LeftCoastLeftie

    Heard they’re going to make a movie of “Clutch Cargo” (speaking of us old fogies out here). Kyl is a shoo-in for the part. Like I give a shit what he does with the rest of his life.

  • Anonymous

    great to see this prick leaving the senate, but alas, arizonans, who have collectively lost their fucking minds, will undoubtedly pick someone even more disgusting and idiotic than kyl.

  • Anonymous

    seriously, the guy is a pig.

  • Guest

    goodbye jon. don’t let the door hit you in the ass. no great loss here.

  • Anonymous

    LOL…the rats can’t get off the ship fast enough…they know full well what’s going down in this country….

  • Anonymous

    i live in kyl’s district he is an elitist smug piece of crap who should have never held office.
    he would never acknowledge his constituents whether he agreed with them or not.
    he pushed for huge unfunded tax breaks for the rich and blocked uemployment extensions saying they weren’t funded. i just hope, (probably in vain) that arizona will replace him with someone who has a shred of humanity and decency

  • Anonymous

    There’s always a reason. He’s just too afraid to publicize it.

  • Anonymous

    Tom Horne is not a democrat! He is another fugly republican who was endorsed by that rascist russel pearce and sherrif joe for god’s sake! the political atmosphere in arizona has changed radically since janet left. she was our only defense against a completely republican controlled legislature. these jerks are voted in by the elderly white retired republican fox news watching retirees. i intend to flee this arid “mississippi as soon as i retire.

  • Anonymous

    Boner will be “steping” down, also:

    Et Tu, Pence? John Boehner Sees the Tea Partiers’ Long Knives Come Out as a National Enquirer Affair Story

    http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/are-house-republicans-purging-ranks-a

  • Anonymous

    Hidey Ho, Kyl!!!

  • Anonymous

    retiring…now my tax $$$ are going to support A H

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, Jon Kyl is moving on…..hope he’s inspiring his fellow delegation member, John McClain to do the same real soon too!

  • Guest

    Door + Ass = CONNECT!

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