Senator John Warner announced his retirement from the Senate today. The 80 year old incumbent who was first elected in 1978 said age was a factor in his decision. “You got to face that I”m now 80 . . . I want to be fair to this wonderful state,” said Warner. I’ll dispense with the habitual laudatory eulogy of his political career here, since no one who has been watching this site would take it seriously anyways — especially readers of the BVBL Intelligence Report who were tipped off to this likelihood months ago.Here in Prince William and the Manassas area, Chuck Colgan, who will turn 81 this September is running for a ninth term to the State Senate. Earlier this year, Colgan said he considered retirement but felt compelled to run because Democrats could not find another candidate.
Since announcing his re-election, Colgan has remained silent on the illegal aliens crisis despite call outs by his opponent, but has spent considerable effort trying to defend voting against excessive driver fines for all motorists, but voting for them when they only applied to Virginians.
I’d say John Warner made the right decision here, and Chuck Colgan should have followed his lead. They have a lot in common, except they made different decisions about what to do this year in pretty similar circumstances. Warner at least gets a kudos for knowing when it’s time to hang it up. Colgan, not so much.
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