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Webb will decide on re-election by April

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The speculation continues to mount about the future of Senator Jim Webb. The one term Senator is up for re-election in 2012 and there are already people lining up to take a crack at his seat. Publicly, Webb has been dismissive about his future, leaving open the door that he may not run. Today in a one on one interview in Washington, Webb said he is moving closer to a decision and will be in or out by the end of the first quarter.

‘This is a very deliberative process, not only for me, but my family too,” said Webb. “And we are talking about 8 years here, not just two.”

It is a different world for Webb who surprised the political world when he upset George Allen, who is of course
widely expected to mount a rematch effort.   Webb was literally drafted into the when he ran the first time.

“I announced literally  9 months to the day before the election, I had no money, no campaign staff, I just decided I was going to jump in and run,” he said. Webb is a noted policy wonk, who loves debating the issues but isn’t as much of a fan of the public aspects of serving.  While he admits its the work of being a Senator that he enjoys, he told me that the perception that he doesn’t “like” campaigning is not true.

“It’s not that I dislike campaigning,” Webb said. “I think people up here need to govern and we need more people up here that want to solve problems.”

We will know in 3 months if Webb plans on continuing to be one of those people trying to solve problems.

An extended clip of my interview with Senator Webb can be seen below:

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Written by Ryan Nobles

January 5, 2011 at 5:05 pm

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  1. Remember how that jackass, LeBron James, squandered any goodwill he had built among the citizens, by dragging out his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami?

    I like Jim Webb. I admire Jim Webb. However, waiting until April, is just damned inconsiderate, especially if the Party will have to recruit another candidate and bankroll the new candidate’s campaign.

    What the devil will change between now and income tax day, that could make any difference? Congress will be in gridlock until 2012, which means that, at least they will do no more damage to us than was already done by the lame-duckers who gave the American People the finger as they headed out of town.

    Here’s your decision Jim: NO, you are not coming back for another term. Thanks for serving, especially regarding your efforts on behalf of prison reform.

    Write the news release and get out of the damned way.

    J. Tyler Ballance

    January 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

  2. *Remember how that jackass, LeBron James, squandered any goodwill he had built among the citizens, by dragging out his decision to leave Cleveland for Miami?

    I like Jim Webb. I admire Jim Webb. However, waiting until April, is just damned inconsiderate, especially if the Party will have to recruit another candidate and bankroll the new candidate’s campaign.

    What the devil will change between now and income tax day, that could make any difference? Congress will be in gridlock until 2012, which means that, at least they will do no more damage to us than was already done by the lame-duckers who gave the American People the finger as they headed out of town.

    Here’s your decision Jim: NO, you are not coming back for another term. Thanks for serving, especially regarding your efforts on behalf of prison reform.

    Write the news release and get out of the damned way.

    J. Tyler Ballance

    January 6, 2011 at 11:02 am

  3. [...] vying on the Republican side for the seat currently held by Democratic Senator Jim Webb, who has not yet confirmed he will seek reelection, is former U.S. Sen. George Allen. The AP recently reported: The Republican [...]

  4. [...] vying on the Republican side for the seat currently held by Democratic Senator Jim Webb, who has not yet confirmed he will seek reelection, is former U.S. Sen. George Allen. The AP recently reported: The Republican [...]


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