This is just awful! Senator Byron Dorgan is announcing he will not run in 2010 for his Senate seat.
Dorgan, a moderate who was first elected to the Senate in 1992 after serving a dozen years in the House, said he reached the decision after discussing his future with family over the holidays. Dorgan, 67, said he "began to wrestle with the question of whether making a commitment to serve in the Senate seven more years was the right thing to do."
"Although I still have a passion for public service and enjoy my work in the Senate, I have other interests and I have other things I would like to pursue outside of public life," he said in a statement.
Dorgan's decision stunned members of his party, who control the Senate but are facing spirited challenges from Republicans in several states. Democrats were confident heading into the new year that Dorgan would run for re-election even as rumors intensified that Republican Gov. John Hoeven would challenge him in November.
Ignore the rest of the article cited. Dorgan has one of the highest approval ratings by his constituents in the Senate.
Also, while the article claims Dorgan is a moderate he has been categorized as a Progressive, a Populist, a liberal, and a blue dog. In other words, he isn't bought and paid for.
This is a great loss for the Populist cause. Dorgan has been one of the most economically astute, grounded in reality, Senators in ages. He also runs the Democratic Policy Committee. It was Dorgan who predicted disaster when Glass-Steagall was repealed.