Thursday, December 10, 2009

Brian Baird Will Not Seek Re-election

In a surprise announcement today, 6 term congressman, Brian Baird, Democrat from Washington States Third Congressional District, announced he will not seek a seventh term in the House.

Baird, who has been under intense fire this year for shying away from town halls with constituents and for some off color remarks, said, “Serving our country and representing the people of Southwest Washington in Congress has been the highest honor and greatest responsibility of my life.”

Surprised constituents expressed sorrow and gratitude at his leaving office at the end of his term next year along with others pleased he will not seek reelection.

David Castillo, current front-runner in the bid to unseat Brian Baird, earlier today called on the congressman to put aside his bias on Anthropogenic Global Warming and join in with members of the House and launch an investigation into what has become known as climate-gate, the emails leaked that indicate “the possible collusion by climate scientists to distort their findings in order to continue to promote their belief in man-made global warming.”

Baird says, “The time has now come to pursue other options, other ways of serving. This is not an easy decision to be sure, but I believe it is the right decision at the right time,” adding he looked forward to finishing out his term “with the same level of commitment I have always given the people of this district.”

It is hoped that Baird, Chairman of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee, will still launch such an investigation.

A statement is expected soon from Olympia Republican, David Castillo.

Even though I strongly disagreed with the congressman at times, other times I agreed with him.

I wish him well in future endeavors.

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