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  •  Anyone have a clue what happened there? (1+ / 0-)
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    Darth Jeff

    Seems like maybe someone didn't think through this whole "career" thing.

    Maybe he should try to run for the Senate in New Hampshire?

    •  Platts is a weird guy (0+ / 0-)

      He applied for a job in the Obama administration.  

      My guess is Platts felt like he was going nowhere in Congress and decided to do something different.

      23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

      by Jeff Singer on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:24:47 PM PDT

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      •  But he was in the majority! (0+ / 0-)

        Why give that up with absolutely lined up to do next? He's not even that old, and he would have to be in pretty good shape in terms of seniority.

        Interesting that he had Bill Goodling's old district. That name means something to me, having read David Maraniss's book about the Gingrich revolution...

        •  He apparently wasn't too liked (4+ / 0-)

          This article goes into a lot of detail about the race and includes this tidbit:

          When he walked away from Washington in January, Platts was relatively anonymous on the national political stage. His soft-spoken nature, his passion for wonky government oversight, his aversion to raising money, his moderate views on climate change and gay rights, and his refusal to sign Grover Norquist's no-tax pledge ensured he didn't rise in the House hierarchy.

          23, male, CA-18 (home and voting there), LA-01 (college).

          by Jeff Singer on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:35:43 PM PDT

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    •  He was a term limits guy (6+ / 0-)

      Every term in Congress he introduced a bill that would have restricted House members to 6 terms. When his 12 years was up, he made good on his own rhetoric and announced he wouldn't run.

      But he also was increasingly at odds with the extremism of the Republican caucus - he was a mainstream conservative, but voted for things like ending DADT, opposed school vouchers, supported stem cell research, and even voted against the Ryan budget at the end of his term. He fairly openly angled for a job in the Obama administration.

      My cousin (who is a tea party type) in his district, says that at some point he was probably going to face a serious primary challenge, and that may have influenced his decision to stick to his term limits stand.

      My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world - Jack Layton

      by terjeanderson on Tue May 21, 2013 at 05:37:52 PM PDT

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