Bart Gordon, Democrat, 6th district Tennessee, won't run for re-election next year.
After more than a quarter-century of public service to his home state of Tennessee, U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon announced his plans to retire from Congress
“I feel honored that the people of Middle Tennessee have allowed me to serve them for the past 25 years,” said Gordon. “Every decision I have made in Congress has been with their best interests in mind. I hope the people here at home feel that I have served them as well as their good advice and views have served me."
Bart didn't really have to go where he did with his parting statement. "Their best interests in mind?" Hardly. Only when the democratic leadership allowed him to deviate from the party line in votes that didn't need him were our interests considered. Or rather his interests in maintaining his office.
Bart's grief started last fall with the bailout vote. His constituents said no, overwhelmingly. But he had to go with Pelosi and the gang. It's been downhill ever since. A town hall meeting and protests in front of his local office gave him pause for concern and the possibility of defeat in 2010 would have been an unwelcome end to his 26 year 'legacy.'
I went to college with Bart. Being a politician was all he ever wanted and we followed his every step as he took Al Gore's place in the district when Gore went to the Senate. He knew how to stay non-controversial and most people paid little attention up until here near the end.
The problem is that there is no one in the political pipeline of either party worth considering to take his place. Just more of the same hacks who will not represent the people. I suppose someone could come out of the woodwork but it's not likely and as always it takes special interest money to get elected.
So Bart ... keep it low key for the next year. It would be appreciated if you just passed on voting for most of the scams coming up that are not in 'our best interests' and just ride on into the sunset.
I see that you have over $1,250,000 in your campaign war chest and no debts so you get to keep all of it. Since you've been in office for over 25 years, your pension can kick in immediately. Health care? Don't worry buddy ... you've got it.
See you around town ... I'll wave.