Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to Retire
Wants to give state 'ample time' to ponder successor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 13, 2011 1:19 PM CST
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, addresses the Greater Houston Pachyderm Club Tuesday Jan. 19, 2010 in Houston.   (AP Photo/Bob Levey)

(Newser) – Kay Bailey Hutchison won’t be running for reelection in 2012, she announced today in an open letter saying she wanted to live “full-time in Texas with my family.” The three-term Republican said that announcing the move early “should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be.” A large field of candidates will likely vie for the job, in what the Houston Chronicle believes will be a “wild scramble.”

Hutchison had originally promised to resign when she ran for governor last year, but then changed her mind. “I intended to leave this office long before now,” she said today, “but I was persuaded to continue in order to avoid disadvantage to our state.” She also may have faced a primary challenge, the Huffington Post notes; one Tea Party activist recently remarked that she "personifies everything that the Tea Party is fighting. ... When you check her votes on many issues, they are not ones that conservatives are happy with."

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Jan 13, 2011 5:49 PM CST
Goodbye and Good Riddance, but wants to live full-time in Texas? I wondered if her elevator went all the way to the top, but now I know it's stuck on first floor.
Jan 13, 2011 2:27 PM CST
from the article - she wanted to live “full-time in Texas.” You call being in Texas "living" ?
Jan 13, 2011 2:24 PM CST
The Tea Party won't win - some corrupt, hypocritical, rich Republican will though. Texas is becoming a quasi-theocracy political cesspool. Rick Perry is an embarassment. Is it true that Dyslexic Believers worship "DOG"? Dog is real. God is a myth and myths have no place at the political table. I want all these political holy rollers to go to hell quickly.