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This seat gave Gore 51% so we should have a chance here. However, I don't know how strong our candidate is and the Republicans will get to hand select their candidate who could be strong.

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Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Greenwood (R) has informed the House Republican leadership that he will retire at the end of the 108th Congress, according to GOP sources.

Greenwood issued a statement Monday afternoon in which he said, "From time to time during my twenty four years of public service, I have been approached and offered other types of challenges and opportunities. Such has been the case in the last few days, and I am currently reviewing one of these opportunities. I will make my decision public in the very near future and will have no other statement until then."

Two knowledgeable sources confirmed that Greenwood definitely plans to retire. The timing of Greenwood's formal retirement announcement remains unclear, though a House Republican source said it would likely come later this week.

The 53-year-old moderate's decision came as a surprise to Republican leaders, who are already working to defend several competitive open seats. Greenwood's Philadelphia-area 8th district supported Al Gore over President Bush in 2000 by 51 percent to 46 percent.

Originally posted to NJDem on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 01:36 PM PDT.

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  •  wow ... (none)
    ... that's my district ... though I must say, as a native New Yorker with DirecTV and all the NY channels, I (shamefully, I suppose) pay little attention to local politics.  I may have even voted for Greenwood once or twice before, since he seems decent enough.

    But, I was one of those Gore 51% people - and I wasn't planning on voting for Greenwood this time around.

    I think this is a definite pickup possibility - especially if the base around here is motivated to get out and vote against Bush.  But never underestimate the conservativeness of Central and Upper Bucks County.

    "He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster.When you gaze long into the abyss,the abyss also gazes into you." Nietz

    by AdamW on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 01:47:53 PM PDT

  •  Good Work (none)
    Thanks for the breaking news, NJDem. I apologize for not giving you credit, I didn't notice your diary when I wrote the article. The credit is yours.
    •  Berkeley Heights Democrat? (none)
      Mr. Liberal, it was great to see that there are, indeed, other Democrats from Berkeley Heights.  Seemed pretty lonely when I graduated GL in 1984 (before many years on Democratic campaign trails, Hill offices, White House and, yes, the DNC).  Keep up the work on behalf of the forces of good.  Enjoy the convention (and say hi to my family for me)!
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    Major Karma for you!

    The Dream involves 4 sets of identical twins, 2 gallons of Cool Whip, 5 quarts of chocolate syrup, 2-1/4 pounds of strawberries, satin sheets, a magnum of champ

    by msaroff on Mon Jul 19, 2004 at 02:14:09 PM PDT

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