Hutchison to Stay in Senate

Mar 31, 2010 7:04am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, plans to announce this morning that she plans to stay in the Senate, despite a pledge to resign her seat regardless of whether she won or lost the primary for governor, a Republican source tells ABC News. Hutchison has scheduled a press conference for 10 am CT in San Antonio, where she’ll appear with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. She has been encouraged to stay on by local and national Republicans — who are eager to hold on to their 41-seat minority in the Senate — and many observers expected Hutchison to reverse course on her resignation pledge after the primary was through. She lost the primary race to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, by a wide margin earlier this month. Hutchison’s term runs through 2012, though the source said it’s not clear whether she’s committing to serving out the remainder of her term in announcing that she’s staying in the Senate at least for the time being. UPDATE: Hutchison made her decision to stay in the Senate official at the news conference this morning, citing the need to stay and fight because of what she called “intense concern” in Texas and beyond about the direction of the federal government. “I think everyone pretty much knows that I have intended to leave the Senate, certainly intended to leave in the last year. But I also will say that something has happened in our country that maybe none of us could have anticipated,” she said. “I wouldn’t have anticipated the direction and the swiftness of the direction of our country under any circumstances. But it has caused me to look at my resignation in a different way. And it has made an impact on my decision.”

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