Jeffords Won't Seek Re-Election

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    I'm sorry that he and his wife are having health issues, but I'm glad he will be out of the Senate!

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    Vt. Sen. Jeffords Won't Seek Re-Election
    By CHRISTOPHER GRAFF, Associated Press Writer

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - Four years after he tipped control of the U.S. Senate to Democrats, Jim Jeffords said he will retire at the end of his term next year because of his own health problems and those of his wife.

    Jeffords, who quit the Republican Party to become an independent, made the surprise announcement Wednesday, immediately triggering a scramble for his seat, one of several that will be up for grabs in next year's midterm elections.

    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=512&e=8&u=/ap/20050421/ap_on_go_co/jeffords_retires
     
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    Good news, but this is Vermont. Likely, his replacement will be a dem, hopefully not more radical than he is.
     
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    i guess he's looked at as a GOP traitor, since he left the party over its power madness?
     
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    I don't know, was Ben Campbell a traitor when he joined the R party directly?

    I think of Jeffords more as a nuisance, not a traitor. He wanted notoriety and received it by shifting the power in the Senate. It didn't last long and he has been ineffectual ever since.
     
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    maybe, but as an independent (not a democrat) I wouldn't know.
     
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    Well that and the fact that he changed his stripes after he was elected by those wanting a republican and thinking they were electing a republican.........
     
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    After the switch, Jeffords really wasn't an Independant either, more of a socialist which is in keeping much better with the democrats.........

    I wish he and his family better health though.
     
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    Exactly, I don't have very strong feelings about Jeffords at all being a Libertarian. I think he made an ineffectual effort to change the Senate for what he thought was the "better" and at the same time gain some notoriety. For a day or two he was the man of the hour, but less than two years later all he became is another voice lost in the minority with no major party to stand with.
     
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    If he had any real convictions, he would have stepped down and allowed a new election in 2002, so the people of VT could decide if they wanted a GOP Senator (as they elected) or him.
     
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    he switched 4 years ago and then reran as an independent. Didnt he win as an independent?
     

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