Thursday, February 15, 2007

Rep. Tom Davis is an arrogant ass. Really, there's no other way to put it.

In the latest edition of Roll Call (subscription required) Davis, a congressman from Northern Virginia, muses about retiring from Congress, both last cycle and this year. Why is he staying in office, you ask? Could it be solving key issues like Iraq, entitlements or the budget deficit?

Nah, Davis is staying around because he doesn't want a Democrat to take his seat. Nut Graph

“I think had I left last year, which we contemplated doing, [the seat] would have gone. I don’t think there’s any way you would have held the seat last year, but I don’t know that in 2008 we couldn’t hold the seat with the right candidate,” he said, adding that his leaving would depend greatly on his confidence that a Republican will take the seat.
“I haven’t made any decisions on anything at this point, but if I were to leave I’ll make sure we had a strong candidate lined up,” he said. “I’ve spent too much time building majorities as campaign chairman to just desert this seat.”

He's making $160K a year, in a job that he clearly is bored of, but he won't go because he doesn't trust his constituents to replace him? Again, I repeat - he's an arrogant ass.



At 2:12 PM, Blogger Finian said...

How much are representatives paid?
The current salary for all Members is $162,100. The salary for the Speaker is $208,100. The Majority and Minority Leaders earn $180,100 per year. And benefits too.

At 3:55 PM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

And yet they want to go back to the 3 day work week that was yanked from under their feet. How does one even respond to either the nutjob or the fact that the republicans are feeling over worked? Please wake me when it's over!

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Finian said...

The most recent fake assault on Pelosi was for trying to enforce the five day work week. Patrick McHenry R North Carolina, the right age to volunteer for the armed services but he signed up for the Jr Rove Squad instead. The attack on Pelosi was strictly political and took up hours on the floor. I think he needs to take those as vacation days or personal business days :)

At 3:06 PM, Blogger Sandwich Repairman said...

Davis is actually a pretty candorous moderate who's been very good on DC issues. (He was one of 17 Republicans who voted for the Iraq resolution yesterday) It's his bill and work after all that are most likely to lead to the District finally getting full representation in the House. I don't think his staying in Congress to hold the seat for his party should be considered any better or worse than anyone else who does the same thing.

That said, I can't imagine ever voting for him, because he is a Republican. I thought the gossip was that he'd run for Senate if John Warner retires in 08.


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