Who’s On The Fence Now?

Posted December 16, 2009 at 3:36pm

Politicians prefer to control the timing when they have news. But holding off on a big announcement doesn’t just build suspense — it also encourages gossip and guessing.

We reported this week on the direction of the latest speculation about which members of the House might end up deciding not to run in 2010. You can check out the list here, but after just a couple days it’s already out of date.

An aide to Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., put out the strongest possible quote about his boss’s intentions, telling KMBC-TV “without a doubt Chairman Skelton will seek re-election and will be making a formal announcement at some point next year.”

Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., squashed speculation about his interest in running for governor rather than re-election to Congress, and Rep. Collin C. Peterson, D-Minn., made it clear that he’s going to announce another House race, but not until February.

Clearly it’s time for a new list. Any suggestions on which House members to add to the watch list? Fill the comment box below — tell us who and tell us why you think they might want to pack it in now.