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Thursday, November 15, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Via CNN’s Political Ticker: Rep. Dennis Hastert to announce resignation Thursday

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert is expected to announce Thursday on the House floor that he is retiring from Congress, a senior aide to the congressman told CNN Wednesday.

The aide said that Hastert will announce his plans to retire tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in an address on the House floor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office provided the floor time to the former speaker to address his colleagues.

“His plan is to make his farewell address tomorrow on the House floor,” the aide said. “He is then going to decide at some point this year when he will step down.”

As was announced last month, former Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert will not finish out his current term in the House. The exact date he will leave the House has not been announced, although one presumes it will be before the end of the calendar year.

Given that there appears to be no health or other pressing reason for Hastert to be resigning at exactly this time, it makes me think that it would have been nice for his state had Hastert stuck it out just one more year to finish his term. After all, his district will be temporarily unrepresented and the state of Illinois will have to incur the cost of a special election.

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1 Comment

  1. This bugged me when Gingrich did the same thing after the GOP shellacking in the 1998 mid-term elections. Its as if they’re telling their constituents “I’m willing to serve as your representative if I get to be Speaker, but otherwise I’m not really interested in the job.”

    Comment by NoZe — Saturday, November 17, 2007 @ 12:00 am

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