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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl Won't Seek 4th Term In 2012, States That It Is NOTHING Other Than Opportunity To Move On

At a Phoenix news conference this morning, Republican Senate Minority Whip and 3-term Arizona Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) announced that he will not seek re-election in 2012, stating emphatically that it is NOT the coarsening of political discourse, that it is NOT because he might lose, etc.;  he states that it is ONLY because of "the opportunity to do something else."

Kyl has served as Arizona's junior Senator since 1995, and is presently the second highest-ranking Republican in that chamber.  Last year, he was named by Time Magazine as one of the 25 leaders in the world with most influence.

He discussed his decision with also-retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and Kyl sees the possibility of a sort of caucus of retiring Senators (5 have announced so far) that might be able to get things moving on issues such as entitlement reform, in a way that politically-active Senators might not be able to do.

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