In a major blow to Democrats, House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey has told close associates that he will not seek re-election and an announcement of his plans is expected as early as Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Democrat faces tough poll numbers at home but until Tuesday night his staff had insisted he was running aggressively and had hired campaign staff. But a person close to him confirmed the decision to POLITICO Wednesday and said Obey was preparing to make a statement.
A senior Clinton administration figure and veteran of '94 made the case to me the other day that while some scrappy newcomers who knew how to fight competitive races had survived the 1994 bloodbath, its biggest victims were senior figures like Obey who grown tired of campaigning. That's a logic Obey seems to be buying. (Source)