By Pamela Gentry, Senior Political Analyst
Feb. 15, 2010 – Democratic Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh announced to President Obama on President’s Day he will not seek re-election to a third term in November because, “The people’s business is not getting done.”
Bayh said, “There is much too much partisanship and not enough progress,” he said during his formal announcement in Indianapolis. “All of this and much more has led me to believe that there are better ways to serve my fellow citizens.”
His announcement to retire comes somewhat as a surprise, but he was looking at a tough re-election campaign. Bayh has enjoyed being one of the most popular centrist members of the party and was even considered a vice presidential pick during the 2008 campaign.
But he hasn’t been able to sway his colleagues in the Senate and his resignation is clearly a sign of disenchantment and the lack of influence on his fellow Democrats.
Tuesday President Obama released a statement on B ayh’s departure:
“For more than two decades, Evan Bayh has devoted his career and his life to serving his fellow Hoosiers. During that time, he has fought tirelessly for Indiana’s working families, reaching across the aisle on issues ranging from job creation and economic growth to fiscal responsibility and national security. I look forward to continuing to work with him on these critical challenges throughout the rest of the year. Michelle and I thank Senator Bayh for his leadership and service and wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”