May 5th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Senior House Democrat Rep. David Obey to resign

Rep. David Obey is chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, a senior member of the congressional Democratic leadership, will announce Wednesday that he is not seeking re-election this November, Democratic sources told CNN.

Obey, 71, represents Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. He was the youngest member of Congress when he was elected to his first of 20 terms in 1969.

The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement saying Obey was facing "the race of his life."

"That is why it is understandable that the architect of President Obama's failed stimulus plan has decided to call it quits. It is ironic that a congressman who became infamously known for his short temper and angry tirades on the House floor, is going out with such a whimper," NRCC communications director Ken Spain said in a statement.

– CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report

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  1. Sentinel2010

    JB: Many of us have tried what you are suggesting we do now but the right wing Republicans won't let it happen. They intensified this practice before the 2000 election and haven't given it a rest since. If one takes the reasonable approach, the Republicans take advantage with more lies. The only way to deal with them is the smash them in the face with their own trash.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CapWI

    Praise the Lord.. This is GREAT for WI

    May 5, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. NR-NH

    Twenty terms as representative? I don't care what party they belong to, its time for term limits.

    May 5, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. orin

    we have term limits...they are called elections

    May 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nearthesea

    One of many to go down. Great news for Wisconsin and all of America!

    May 5, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve Smith

    After 42 years, Dave Obey has finally made a decision that is in the best interests of the American people. He along with may others on both sides of the political spectrum are the real reason why the USA is in the financial condition we have been led to by our politicians. It is unfortunate that we continually re-elected the same individuals over and over again who have done their best to destroy what our founding fathers tried to create. Shame on us. I for one, won't miss Dave Obey.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John

    One democrat retiring in a democratic stronghold does not harm the democratic agenda in any way. When the radical fringe took over the Republican party a decade ago the death of the Republican party was assured. There are no great consertative victories coming, only the death of an obsolete philosophy. Short of resurrecting Barry Goldwater you are doomed to extinction. Conservatism lives in the past and belongs in the past.

    May 5, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Thomas Chacko

    Typical Republican comment from the little toady serving as parrot for the NRCC. I've disagreed with David Obey many times, but he has served his state with dedication. And yes, maybe he has decided, at the age of 71, that he wants to devote his remaining years to other things – what a crime!

    I think the ones who are happy to see him go are the airheads who scratch themselves in front of Glenn Beck, or think that political activism means listening to the Great White Dope, Rush Limbecile!

    And if all you "independents" out there think that the Grand Old Perverts will serve your needs better, good luck! What did they accomplish since 1995, tell me? Now that's Progressive!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tracy

    badly written...

    May 5, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tjwisconsin

    He is retiring because he knew he was going to lose – his press conference was a disgrace – taking political cheapshots at the guy that was going to beat you is cowardice. And to the moron who claims that finger pointing and blame never occurred like this obviously doesn't remember any President but this one. BTW, when can we set the clock on O. I mean did Bush & Reagan ruin the economy and not Clinton. I mean what is the timeline. If the big O needs 8 years maybe Reagan and Bush needed 35 years. Economy has ups and downs – Obey's misnamed stimulus made things worse. Inventories were low in 4th quarter 08 and growth was expected by 2nd-3rd quarter 09. Obey's huge 800b pork payment delayed and slowed recovery. This guy was so out of touch but he kept on winning by bringing home pork. Fiscal realist my eye! The guy was a cantankerous mean old man (ask his staff) that cared nothing but about his position and ego. He even worked against term limits on committee chairs (something republicans had when they ran congress) so as to preserve his power. Any friend of Obey is a friend of fiscal insolvency.

    May 5, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sarah

    Thank God! He took the coward's way out but however it happened, I'm simply glad!

    May 27, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
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