Another GOP Rat to Jump Ship

Rats sinking ShipKos has picked up a very short story from Louisville’s Courier- Journal that that Congressman Ron Lewis (KY-2nd CD) is stepping down. Lewis was another Republican that was swept into office during the GOP Hey Day’s of the ’90’s.

U.S. Rep. Ron Lewis, the Republican who was the first wave of the 1990s Republican Revolution, has withdrawn from his reelection campaign.

His chief of staff Dan London and State Sen. Brett Guthrie, of Bowling Green, have filed to replace him.

Guthrie said he heard rumors over the weekend that Lewis would pull out and prepared his filing papers just in case.

London, through a spokesman, said he would have a statement later.

More to come.

Wiki lists all of the Republicans in the US House of Representatives who are ditching ship due to Jack Abramoff scandals, taking bribes or simply realizing that screwing the American public wasn’t nearly as much fun as it used to be. Twenty-Eight of them so far, and I’m expecting more in the next two or three months. (If they wait too long, they won’t leave enough time for their fellow mooks to get a campaign together.)

In the US Senate, the GOP has 22 chairs to defend, which is just shy of 25% while the Dems have only 12. Of the GOP’s defense, five Republicans are retiring with a sixth chair (Roger Wicker R-MS) hotly disputed. (That chair was vacated by Trent Lott (R-MS) who ditched the Senate so he could be a scum-sucking lobbyist last month.) The seventh chair, “the wild-card” is Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) who is expected to either resign or be carted off to jail for taking bribes.Yin Yang

Stevens departure would make the perfect Yin for 25% in the US Senate to resign and the Yang for 25% with Lewis in the House.

FruitFlyA crappy war in Iraq, another crappy war in Afghanistan, a housing market crises, a broken Department of Justice, a crappy economy and a President of the United States who has the diction of a third grader… <sigh> It’s going to be a banner 2008 election for the Dems.

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