Republican Rep. David Dreier decides against seeking reelection

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Another golden opportunity for the D's, he was redistricted into a mostly Hispanic area that went overwhelmingly for PBO.

Veteran Rep. David Dreier, one of California's most influential Republicans in Congress, announced Wednesday that he won't be running for reelection, perhaps the biggest casualty of the state's first-ever citizens-drawn political map, which cast him into a politically inhospitable district.

Dreier is the sixth California House member to announce his retirement when his term expires, further shaking up a delegation that has built up clout on Capitol Hill because of its stability over the years.

Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, made the announcement on the House floor, citing Congress' "abysmally low approval rating."

"The American people are asking for change in Congress," he said.

Dreier's retirement is not a surprise, given the challenges he faced in winning reelection in a redrawn district.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    “The American people are asking for change in Congress,” he said.

    Exactly -- we want to change out all the obstructionist teabagging repubs . . .

  • http://twitter.com/SeanClayton825 Sean Ulam

    That's MY Congressman!  We've been trying to get rid of him for YEARS!!  Good riddance, sir.

  • Stuart J ONeill

    BWAHAHAHAHAHA I didn't think he would run. I believe but I'm not sure that there's more than one Dem going to run in the primary. Good new district. While it trends Republican it's only by a few points. Those point are enough to make a difference and make it a tough race. Hopefully we will have a candidate the understands his primary job when not giving speeches is simply fundraising.

    I doubt it but it would be nice to see for a change. You can be the Republican candidate will be well funded. Dreier himself has more than a million in his accounts. 

  • HarborGuy

    Good Bye and Good RIDDANCE!