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Another Dem Won't Run Again: TN Gordon

Bart Gordon ( TN 6) has bailed on his re-election

From the Nashville Post: “Boom goes the press release:

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 when his current term ends in 2010.

“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.

“When I was elected, I was the youngest member of the Tennessee congressional delegation; now, I’m one of the oldest. In fact, I have members of my staff who weren’t even born when I took office. That tells me it’s time for a new chapter.”

Gordon, the dean of the state’s congressional delegation, said he made his decision after consulting with his wife, Leslie.

“Turning 60 has led me to re-evaluate what’s next. I have an 8-year-old daughter and a wonderful wife who has a very demanding job. I am the only child of my 83-year-old mother, Margaret. They have made sacrifices to allow me to do what I love by serving in Congress, and now it’s my turn,” said Gordon. …”
Read the Full Story Here.
Current Republican candidates:

Dave Evans (R) – Retired Army Reserve Major General, Ex-Defense Department Civilian Official & GOP Activist
Gary Mann (R) – Realtor & Ex-Psychologist

Jim Tracy (R) – State Sen., Insurance Agent & Ex-NCAA Basketball Referee

Lou Ann Zelenik (R) – Rutherford County GOP Chair & ’08 State Rep. Candidate

Wonder if news of Tracy entering race scared Gordon off?  Republicans will control redistricting in TN so this, Tanner, and Davis seat should be made all more GOP friendly