Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dennis Hastert is expected to announce on Friday his retirement from Congress, a House Republican aide said on Tuesday.
"He is going to announce a retirement ... that's definitive," said the aide, who asked not to be identified.
But the aide added that it was not yet clear whether Hastert, the longest-serving Republican speaker before stepping down after the 2006 elections, would leave his Illinois congressional seat immediately or would serve out his term, which runs through next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, who served as speaker of the House longer than any Republican in history, intends to retire next year at the end of his current term, party officials said Tuesday.
2nd CQ piece is up. It has something in the way of "inside information", but I still don't think it's much more than what we already knew. (i.e. That lots of people in Illinois, GOP included, expect him to retire.)
After less than a year as a rank-and-file House member, former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert is expected to call an end to a political career that made him the longest serving Republican Speaker in the history of the House of Representatives.
Several Illinois newspapers, including the Aurora Beacon News and the Chicago Tribune, reported Tuesday that the Illinois Republican has scheduled a Friday announcement on the steps of the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville, Ill. While Hastert aides are refusing to discuss what he plans to say, he is expected to announce that he will not run for a 12th term in 2008, according to Republican sources.
Everyone in Illinois seems to expect Hastert to retire, but I have yet to see any sure thing. The CBS2 Flannery bit is the closest you're going to get. (At least he cites unnamed sources.)
Here is the CQ article. The "proof" that Hastert is retiring?
The expected retirement of former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert from Illinois' 14th District will serve as a test of Republican strength in predominantly suburban and exurban districts that have long been GOP bailiwicks.
Well we all expect his retirement, but they don't seem to have any more inside information than the rest of us.
You can follow IL-14 coverage at PrairieStateBlue as well. Or at least, you can if you want to see what local Illinois activists actually think of the race. ;) (And we have the Laesch campaign and the Foster campaign, too.)
State blogs are compiled from the state blogrolls at MyDD and OpenLeft. Any Kentucky blog isn't there. There are some rules for getting on those blogrolls but if you have a Kentucky blog e-mail Chris and he can help with it.
In the direction of your "talk like the patients" how did you look at the searches? Last name only? First and last name? What effect does the strange spelling (?) of Barack (Barak/Barrack) or Giuliani (Guiliani) have on the numbers?
FWIW, sometimes we can be overly knowledgeable too. Asking about the minimum wage the "correct" answer was that both houses passed it (and a follow-up answer about the level), but knowing that they hadn't actually managed to generate a conference bill could have made you say no... (And get multiple questions wrong.) But then, blah, blah, blah...