Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), who is challenging incumbent longest-serving governor and all-around goodhair Rick Perry, announced today that she won’t leave her Senate seat until she beats him in the primary next March.
Hutchison said months ago that she would leave the Senate by the end of November. Now, she says, she must stay in Washington to fight against Democratic health care and environmental legislation.
“These issues are too important to leave the fight to a newly appointed freshman senator,” Hutchison said in a written statement. “A newly appointed senator would be selected in the midst of a political storm. And will need on-the-job training in the midst of a crisis.”
The new freshman Senator would, of course, been appointed by her opponent, Governor Rick Perry. So much for Laura Bush’s chance to follow fellow First Lady Hillary Clinton to the United States Senate!