Webb will NOT run for re-election

In a just-received press release, Virginia senior senator Jim Webb announced that he will not run for re-election.

[A]fter 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.

I have to admit that I didn’t think this was an option until I had a conversation last week with someone close to the Senator. The decision was apparently a very difficult one for him to make.

My best wishes to the Senator in his upcoming endeavors.

The entire press release is below the fold.

Statement of Senator Jim WebbWashington, DC–Today Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) issued the following statement:

Five years ago this week, on February 8, 2006, I announced my intention to run for the United States Senate.  We had neither campaign funds nor a staff.  We were challenged in a primary, and trailed the incumbent in the general election by more than 30 points in the polls.

Over the next nine months we focused relentlessly on the need to reorient our national security policy, to restore economic fairness and social justice, and to bring greater accountability in our government.  I will always be grateful for the spirit and energy that was brought into this campaign by thousands of loyal and committed volunteers.  Their enthusiasm and sheer numbers were truly the difference in that election.

It has been a great and continuing privilege to serve in the United States Senate.  I am very proud of my talented and dedicated staff, which has worked tirelessly to resolve the issues on which I based my candidacy, and to protect the interests of all Virginians in this national forum.  Among other contributions we have given our Post- 9/11 veterans the best GI Bill since World War Two; we have taken the lead in reforming our criminal justice system; we have led the way toward stronger relations in East and Southeast Asia; and we have been a strong voice in calling on China to act more responsibly in the world community. We will continue to work on these and other issues throughout the rest of my term.

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.

Notwithstanding this decision, I have every intention of remaining involved in the issues that affect the well-being and the future of our country.

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7 thoughts on “Webb will NOT run for re-election

  1. I understand that he agonized over it, but in the end, I’m not surprised. He’s not the kind of person who likes retail politics, and I suspect that was the deciding factor.

  2. While I was largely focused on the VA-11 Congressional race that year, I started blogging in 2006 and quickly became a supporter of Webb after meeting him and hearing him speak on numerous occasions. While there were some issues I disagreed with him on, I have a lot of respect for him for standing up for what he believes in even if it isn’t politically popular. He definitely will be missed in the Senate.

  3. It’s a crime and a shame that someone who turned out to be such a surprisingly-capable legislator happens to hate politicking so much. I was really hoping he’d give us the opportunity to have a conversation about what Virginia Democrats have been doing right for both the Commonwealth and the country over the last six years as well as a chance to tell George Allen unequivocally that, no, really, we have absolutely no buyer’s remorse after 2006.

    Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.

  4. Bryan: I’m planning to post about this later today, so I won’t say too much, but I agree. Webb did not fit the mold of your typical politicians of either party, he’s too apt to say exactly what he thinks. Running for office is essentially a fake undertaking and Jim Webb is as real as it gets.

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