Regardless of the MSM's spin that this is a GOP year, the Dems are in trouble, etc, etc, more Republicans than Dems are choosing to retire. Plus there was good news in the Indiana senate race ... the NY Times:
Another House Republican, Representative John Linder of Georgia, is stepping down at the end of this session, making him the 19th to do so. He announced his decision Saturday morning in his district outside Atlanta.
Mr. Linder, an ally of fellow Georgian Newt Gingrich, was a respected fund-raiser and a reliable Republican vote during his nine terms in the House. He headed the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 1998 cycle, when Republicans unexpectedly lost seats following the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. That change in the party’s fortunes quickly led to the downfall of Mr. Gingrich and Mr. Linder was replaced at the campaign organization by Tom Davis of Virginia.
He has been a leading advocate of a national retail sales tax as a substitute for the current tax system and knocked off the conservative Republican Bob Barr in a 2002 primary caused by redistricting. His seat should easily remain in Republican hands.
“John Linder has been a leader in promoting conservative, reform-minded policies to protect American taxpayers,” Representative Pete Sessions of Texas, the chairman of the N.R.C.C., said in statement. Mr. Sessions said he was “confident that voters in this ruby-red district will elect another capable Republican to continue supporting the conservative principles that John so passionately promoted.”
Republicans continue to lead Democrats in the number of vacancies they will have to defend in November. Currently, Democrats have 14.
Democrats avoided another one Saturday when Representative Baron Hill of Indiana announced he would not seek the Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Evan Bayh and would instead run for re-election.
“While I agree with him that the partisanship in Washington is alarming,” said Mr. Hill, a one-time state basketball star, about Mr. Bayh, “ to reference my athletic past – I opt to stay in the game and continue to serve as an independent voice for my Southern Indiana constituents.”
Mr. Hill immediately lent his support in the Senate contest to his Democratic colleague, Representative Brad Ellsworth.