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Carl Levin Won't Run for Re-Election in 2014

The Michigan senator won his first seat in 1978.

U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, who has been in office for more than 30 years, won't run for re-election in 2014.

Levin, 78, released at statement Thursday afternoon stating “I can best serve my state and my nation by concentrating in the next two years on the challenging issues before us … in other words, by doing my job without the "distraction of campaigning for re-election," according to the Detroit Free Press.

Levin first won a senate seat in 1978 and is the longest-serving senator in Michigan history, according to Click on Detroit.

Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement regarding Democratic Senator Carl Levin retirement:

“Michigan families are frustrated due to the lack of leadership and failed policies put forth by the U.S. Senate perhaps the most egregious example is the failure by the Democratic-led Senate to pass a budget for nearly four years. The status-quo is not acceptable and Republicans will offer bold and aggressive leadership that will restore common sense principles to Washington.

“Michigan Republicans have a lot of strong potential candidates and we are more than ready to have a real conversation with Michigan families why Republican leadership is necessary to fix Washington. Republicans understand the importance of a budget and using common sense conservative principles that put Michigan families and workers first."

President Barack Obama called Levin a "champion" of U.S. military families.

"If you’ve ever worn the uniform, worked a shift on an assembly line, or sacrificed to make ends meet, then you’ve had a voice and a vote in Sen. Carl Levin. No one has worked harder to bring manufacturing jobs back to our shores, close unfair tax loopholes, and ensure that everyone plays by the same set of rules," Obama said in a written statement.

"As chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Sen. Levin is a true champion for all those who serve, and his tireless work will be missed not just in his home state of Michigan, but by military families across our country. Michelle and I wish Carl, Barbara and their family all the best, and I look forward to working with Carl over the next two years as we continue tackling some of our nation’s toughest challenges," he said.

Lianne Mathie April 08, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Here's a link Ron. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/schmoe The comment that this person made that I was referring to is gone from this thread? Wacky things happen online and I don't recall exactly what it was,but given my response it's not surprising it's no longer available.
Taxed Enuff Already May 15, 2013 at 05:57 PM
It turns out that this boob was one of those responsible for unleasing the IRS on his own and others' constituency: http://freebeacon.com/under-pressure-2/
Motown Voice May 15, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Yeah. Turns out they were trying to mitigate the damage on 501C3s exacted by Citizens United. Political Action Committees set up by the Teaba- ..er .. Teaparty would illegally get tax exempt status to air political TV ads and pour money into their favorite candidates' coffers. Funny thing though ... the only group that actually did have their tax exempt status denied by these offices was a single liberal one. Conservative PACs enjoying the tax exempt status of organizations like the Humane Society and Big Brother Big Sister went from about 300 before the Citizens United ruling ... to over 3000 after the GOP Acvtivist Judge ruling. So not only do teaba - ... er ... teapartiers have nothing to complain about ... the IRS was actually doing ME a favor. My only disappointment is that now they'll probably have to stop this filtering.
Taxed Enuff Already May 15, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Are you saying that you are ok with the idea of your government using the IRS to mitigate damage? I suggest you read the Articles of Impeachment against Nixon to find out how well that worked the last time it was tried.

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