Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Open Seat

Congressman Lane Evans of Ill. to Retire

It had to happen someday. It's too bad that Lane (who was my college Congressman, and for whom I door-knocked in 2000) waited until after the primary to make his decision, as a Democratic primary might have garnered some name recognition for his potential Democratic successor. On the other hand, avoiding a messy primary in a marginal district may not have been a bad idea, especially when the Republican is the same woman who shot herself in the foot by making Lane's disease a campaign issue.

I hope that, despite his continuing struggle with Parkinson's, he's able to enjoy his retirement. After 12 terms in the House, he's earned it.

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