So here’s your Friday political bombshell: U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, with only three Republicans lining up for a crack as his seat, has decided not to seek re-election.
That rusty, whirring sound hou hear is the sound of an RSS reader full of sleepy Arkansas political blogs cranking up again!
U.S. Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Arkansas, on Friday announced in a statement that he won’t seek re-election, citing family concerns.
The 2nd District congressman has three 1-year-old triplets and another 3-year-old son with wife, Betsy Singleton.
Three Republicans had announced they would seek Synder’s seat, former U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, Scott Wallace and David Meeks.
Synder did not face a Democratic challenger.
“I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election,” Synder said in the statement …
I see via the Twitters that Griffin is on KARN radio right now trying really hard not to sound too giddy. Wallace and Meeks are probably raising a glass or three as well.
Today’s announcement comes the day after the liberal blog Firedoglake released the results of a Survey USA poll showing the incumbent 17 points behind Griffin. The poll was noted on the Firedoglake on Thursday and several Arkansas political blogs on Friday, including the Arkansas Times blog.
Synder’s statement, however, hints that the incumbent as been on the bubble for at least two weeks. He hired a campaign manager, then told him not to conduct any campaign business until he made up his mind about, er, whether to run.
Meanwhile, the National Republican Committee adding this to its “Democrats-retiring-House-in-droves narrative.”
Oh, and there’s this:
Annnd, boom goes the dynamite!
Shocker! Vic Snyder Bows Out [The Arkansas Project]
Vic Snyder Not Running for Re-election [The Tolbert Report]
Vic Snyder Not Seeking Re-election [Arkansas Times]
Another Opportunity for the GOP [Cillizza]
Snyder statement after the jump …
Snyder’s Full Statement
“2010 will be a robust election year during which great forces collide to set the direction for our country for another two years. Over the last several weeks Betsy and I have had discussions with family and friends including other members of Congress (Rep. David Price, Rep. Susan Davis, and our own Sen. Mark Pryor) regarding the appropriate balance between family and Congressional service when a family has very young children. I have concluded that these election-year forces are no match for the persuasive and powerful attraction of our three one-year old boys under the leadership of their three-year old brother, and I have decided not to run for re-election. It is the greatest professional honor of my life to represent Arkansas in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I am so grateful to the people of Arkansas to have had this wonderful opportunity. That honor will now pass to someone else at the conclusion of this term.
“This decision has not been an easy one. Two weeks ago my campaign manager came on board, but that first morning I advised him to do nothing to begin the campaign because of my doubts regarding running. The onset of the new year, the time I always begin organizing my campaigns, did nothing to remove these doubts.
“I have put very little thought into what the work side of my life will look like at the end of this term, although it is clear from observing how much our four little boys eat that I will be working for a long, long time.”
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