Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wash. Rep. Baird says he will not seek re-election

By MATTHEW DALY ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Brian Baird says he will not seek re-election next year. Baird, in his sixth term representing Southwest Washington, said his job as congressman has been the highest honor and greatest responsibility of his life. Since first announcing his plans to run for Congress in 1995, Baird said, he has done his utmost to work hard, tell the truth, listen, and do what was right for the nation. In a statement released Wednesday, the 53-year-old lawmakers said he expects to serve the remainder of his term in Congress. AND SO THE WORK BEGINS TO FIND A NEW MORE PROGRESSIVE CONGRESSMAN TO REPRESENT THE 3RD DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON STATE (WHICH WE WERE GOING TO DO ANYWAY, IN SPIT OF WHAT MR. BAIRD SEEMS TO THINK)

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As Jim Hightower explains it, is that “the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans possess more net worth today than the bottom 90 percent of us combined. Worse, these privileged few and their political henchmen have structured a new economic ‘normal’ of long-term joblessness, low wages, no benefits or worker rights, miserly public services, and a steadily widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us.” We must restore sanity to this nation.