Archive for Thursday, December 4, 2008

Speculation swirls about Rep. Moore’s re-election plans

December 4, 2008


National political media — including National Review, Hotline and — are speculating that Dennis Moore will retire at the end of his current term.

The 63-year-old “Blue Dog Democrat” has represented Kansas’s 3rd Congressional District since defeating incumbent Vince Snowbarger in the 1998 elections. He won re-election to his seat last month, after knocking off Republican Nick Jordan in a not-as-close-as-expected campaign.

In a statement provided to the Journal-World, Moore said he was honored to be serving the people of his district, which includes much of Lawrence east of Iowa Street, and intended to continue his work on their behalf.

Burdett Loomis, a political science professor at Kansas University who has extensively researched Moore, said he that had spoken to Moore for an hour and a half on Wednesday, and that he didn't mention anything about retirement. Loomis hadn't heard of the rumors until contacted by a reporter.

Loomis said that although the sources for some of the information, including the National Review, can be good predictors of this kind of information, the decision ultimately will rest with Moore.

Loomis said Moore will be working with an entirely Democratic Congress and a Democratic administration for the first time since being elected.

“He'll be able to do more these next two years than he's gotten done previously in Congress,” Loomis said.

He said he could see Moore contemplating retirement later, possibly in 2012, after his district faces redistricting, during which it could lose the city of Lawrence.

“I would very much doubt that he is going to run for the Senate,” in 2010, Loomis said, saying that could be a difficult race to interject himself into.


LogicMan 9 years, 6 months ago

"The ... “Blue Dog Democrat”"No, he's a traditional liberal democrat. He voted for the bailout, for example.

davidsmom 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm a Republican but have always sensed that Dennis Moore was a good man who truly has the best interests of the people of the 3rd district at heart...even though I don't always agree with his decisions. He has also always been very responsive to my communications with him.

Phillbert 9 years, 6 months ago

This headline is better than the one in the print edition, which just out and out claims that "Moore plans to retire at end of term." That is despite the only sourcing for that being anonymous statements on political blogs and despite the statement from him saying that isn't the case. Bad headline writing and bad journalism.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 6 months ago

I don't know what kind of Democrat Moore is but more than a few Republicans voted for the bailout... a plan that was proposed by a Republican president and at the time supported by the Republican nominee for president...the truth is... there isn't much of any principled differences between most democrats and republicans... one hand in your pocket... one finger in the wind...most of them lean to where the money and votes are...

KansasVoter 9 years, 6 months ago

Unless it's for health reasons, why would Moore even think about retiring? He's proven in the last few elections that he's unbeatable, and even if republicans try to screw him with redistricting he'll still probably be able to win election to Congress.

Ebrody 9 years, 6 months ago

Moore can't retire now, he still has more federal bailout laws to vote for. First it was the Wall Street Greedy Fat Cats, then he voted for Auto Industry Billionaires' Bailout. Next he will vote for the federal bailout of California. What happened the to the Dennis Moore that used to complain about Congress not balancing the budget. THAT was the the Blue Dog Democrat Moore. Now he is just Nancy Pelosi's socialist.

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