Thursday, January 30, 2014

Entrenched Democrat Henry Waxman to Retire From Congress

I wonder if this opens the way for Marianne Williamson to waltz to the Democrat nomination. LAT had this sometime back, "Marianne Williamson's spiritual path into political realm."

And here's the news on Waxman:

Democratic district. In addition to being a relatively safe seat, its many wealthy, politically active residents make the district, which runs from Beverly Hills and Malibu down the coast to the Palos Verdes Peninsula, one of country’s leading sources of campaign contributions. The ability to steer those donations to fellow lawmakers offers a path to power in the House that Waxman employed actively early in his career and that others will certainly covet.

Two political independents already had announced plans to challenge Waxman this year, but Democratic office holders who would not have run against the incumbent are now likely to enter the race.

In an interview, Waxman, 74, said that he had decided, simply, that the time had come to do something else.

“At the end of this year, I would have been in Congress for 40 years,” he said. “If there is a time for me to move on to another chapter in my life, I think this is the time to do it.