Following a recent cruise to celebrate his 35th wedding anniversary, Sen. Brooks McCabe, D-Kanawha, has decided he will not run for re-election in 2014.
There have been rumblings about McCabe’s political future for weeks now. Delegate Suzette Raines, R-Kanawha, announced in late April she would run for McCabe’s Senate seat next year. Speaking to the Daily Mail at the time, Raines said she heard McCabe would not seek re-election, which influenced her decision.
McCabe has served in the Senate since 1999. He said he never takes re-election campaigns lightly, wanting to make sure it’s the right decision for him and the voters.
“I think I’ve fulfilled my commitment to the electorate,” he said. “I’ve always been sensitive, you can stay too long. You can get too comfortable. I’ve always been concerned about not ending up in that position.
“It’s a good time to pull away and get some younger leaders in the Senate and begin reassessing where the state needs to go.”
The announcement is generating some buzz on Twitter, including this tweet from newly-elected (Republican) Delegate J.B. McCuskey.
I’d like to give a quick thank you to Senator Brooks McCabe. He was an effective statesman whose honesty and intelligence will be missed.
— JB McCuskey (@mccuskeyforwv) June 4, 2013
In other news…
- Speaking of departures, Daily Mail editor and publisher Nanya Friend announced yesterday she will retire. Managing editor Brad McElhinny will take her place.
- West Virginia Democratic Party chairman Larry Puccio confirmed Charleston lawyer Nick Preservati will not seek election to the U.S. Senate.
- Delegate Eric Nelson, R-Kanawha, and Young Democrats of America president Rod Snyder announced they would not run for the U.S. House in 2014.
- West Virginia tax collections fell $25.8 million short in May.
- Press release excerpt of the day: “Gov. Tomblin will join West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick, the 2013 West Virginia Beef Queen, and members of the beef industry for a barbeque…” I know what they mean, but that’s not how I read it the first time through. Elect Walt Helmick for Beef Queen!