Another Vulnerable Republican See Writing on the Wall, Gives Up

First, Denny Hastert saw the writing on the wall, and decided to "spend more time with the family." Now it’s Deborah Pryce’s turn.

There are a few relatively intelligent Republicans, who get that their time is done, and the wingnut domination of the party has killed its chances for a while…

From: 8-Term Ohio Rep. Deborah Pryce to retire on Yahoo! News.

U.S. Rep. Deborah Pryce, once the most powerful Republican woman in Congress but nearly a casualty of the 2006 Democratic surge, said Thursday she would not seek a ninth term.

The announcement confirmed reports of Pryce’s departure and set both parties scrambling to replace her in one of the most competitive districts in the country.

Pryce, 56, said she has two elderly parents and a daughter who starts kindergarten next week.

"There’s never a good time to leave a job you love, but for me the right time is now," she said in a news release.

Republicans could have trouble finding a top-flight candidate for an open seat in the competitive district. Attorney General Jim Petro and state Sen. Steve Stivers have been mentioned as possibilities.

Democrats are backing Mary Jo Kilroy, a Franklin County commissioner who lost to Pryce last year by 1,062 votes out of 220,000 cast. A re-count delayed the outcome for weeks.

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