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BELOVED ARIZONA CONGRESSMAN RETIRING: Arizona Congressman John Shadegg, one of the House’s top super-crazies, will not seek re-election for his stupid seat. This brings the total number of Republican retirements in Congress to 14, which you may not have known, since all the news tells us is that every Democrat is retiring because they have fucked things up so badly. [WP/The Fix]

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44 comments

  1. BeWoot

    $5 says he’s going to spend more time on his family. And taking money from evil interests in which he is interested.

  2. Terry

    Is he actually retiring or will a story of toe tapping in the men’s room or something come out within a week?

  3. Snarkalicious

    [re=494823]BeWoot[/re]: What’s the line on “Taking job with baby-animal BTK lobby”? Cuz I got 10 simoleans of my own to throw at that one.

  4. Jukesgrrl

    [re=494828]gurukalehuru[/re]: He voted with the Republicans 90% of the time. The other 10% he didn’t vote at all since he was home in Arizona taking bags of money from car dealers and beer heiresses.

  5. Long Form Def Certificate

    Finally, the Shadegg name is available, once more, for David Lee Roth’s scatting purposes. Will make “Just a Gigolo” that much cooler, dropping a “Sha-degg sha-degg sha-degg-degg deggy-degg” into the bridge.

  6. S.Luggo

    [re=494828]gurukalehuru[/re]: To give you an idea:
    [From Wiki]

    On October 14, 2009, Shadegg joined with three fellow Representatives in calling for the investigation of CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) over allegations of trying to plant “spies,” based on a CAIR memo indicating that they “will develop national initiatives such as Lobby Day, and placing Muslim interns in Congressional offices.”

  7. JMP

    [re=494828]gurukalehuru[/re]: Just remember that he’s the one who uncovered the secret imaginary plot by Muslin Terrorists to kidnap Bloomberg’s daughter, and likes to steal his staffer’s babies as a political prop.

  8. WadISay

    I bet if I go over to Politico right now, the headline will be GOP Reeling from Latest Retirement. Oh…it’s not.

  9. AnnieGetYourFun

    If the Dems actually gain seats in the election, headlines will read, “Democrats Crushed in Several Districts in Many Places in this Country; Is this a Republican Comeback?”

  10. boyhowdy

    Have they thrown his buddy Renzi in the clink yet? How many batshit congressmen does Arizona have (counting Renzi)?

  11. dijetlo

    [re=494835]Accordion-o-rama[/re]:
    Ir yer readin’ it, yer doin’ it wrong.

    It’s sad, really, when even a wingnuts wingnut is not wingnutty enough to win a Republican primary.
    If he’d only been a little more batshit insane, shouted “You lie” or had those scary bug eyes Republicans like so much….oh well, every time a congressman retires, a new lobbyist hatches from the maggot pile.

  12. Jamie Sommers

    Give it a couple of weeks before you count this. He said he was retiring two years ago and then changed his mind.

  13. JMP

    [re=494872]doxastic[/re]: Shadegg was initially supporting Maddie as his successor, but changed his mind after realizing that she would prove a much more intelligent, effective Representative than him and show his tenure up for the embarrassement it was.

  14. EdFlinstone

    Not only will the the media overhype dem retirements, they will soon come to the conclusion 9-11 happened under Clinton and senate democrats will pass a resolution apologizing for it.

  15. Lascauxcaveman

    [re=494867]mollymcguire[/re]: Big win.

    And what took the Wonkommentariat so long to come up this? It should have been a collective gut reflex. I sense a disconnect in the hive mind here.

    C’mon people, concentrate.

  16. Joey Ratz

    I’m in two minds about this. While Shadegg is an evil turd that should be kept far away from the corridors of power, he is also dumber than a bag of hammers; as glad as I am to see him go, he might be replaced with a more effective GOP operator. What is worse – a wholly ineffective freakshow like Shadegg, or a somewhat less evil but possibly more influential scumbag?

    [re=494868]boyhowdy[/re]: Believe it or not, AZ sends more Dems than Repubs to Washington. Ed Pastor, Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords are all decent people. But when our Repubs are Jeff Flake, Shadegg, über-moron Trent Franks, WALNUTS! and smarmy dipshit Jon Kyl, it s hard to avoid thinking that the Copper State is populated by submoronic troglodytes.

    [re=494898]EdFlinstone[/re]: Shadegg represents Scottsdale and North Phoenix, an area that would be improved if we nuke it and then turn it into a cockroach preserve. He fits his constituency perfectly. I’d be stunned if his vacant seat turns into a Dem pickup.

  17. Dean Booth

    [re=494877]madtowngooner[/re]: “I bet he was caught hiking the Grand Canyon trail.” — He had an an affair with my ex-wife?

  18. Gopherit

    [re=494949]Joey Ratz[/re]: [re=494868]boyhowdy[/re]: Word. It’s too difficult to pick just one least favorite politician in this state, but Shadegg is in my top 5.

  19. BeWoot

    [re=494984]Gopherit[/re]: Good grief. Wonkette abounds with Arizonoids. My district has Kirkpatrick, who claims to be a Democrat; but my jury’s still out on that question. On the upside, she ain’t Renzi.

  20. JimmysDad

    Joey Ratz: I live in Shadegg’s district, and no, it will likely NOT be a Dem gain in November (primarily because Dist 3 is full to the brim with “republican as an identity” jackoff mortgage brokers that will fight to the death to defeat any government program that might actually save their house in pre-forclosure or offset their child’s Prozac costs).
    Proving yet again that there IS a God, he’ll likely run for Governor as no decent GOP candidate has stepped forward. Thank Christ I’m moving to DC next month…

  21. JimmysDad

    [re=494949]Joey Ratz[/re]:I live in Shadegg’s district, and no, it will likely NOT be a Dem gain in November (primarily because Dist 3 is full to the brim with “republican as an identity” jackoff mortgage brokers that will fight to the death to defeat any government program that might actually save their house in pre-forclosure or offset their child’s Prozac costs).
    Proving yet again that there IS a God, he’ll likely run for Governor as no decent GOP candidate has stepped forward. Thank Christ I’m moving to DC next month…

  22. betterDeadThanRed

    “served in the Arizona Air National Guard from 1969 to 1975″ Another Republican who avoided fighting in an actual war in Vietnam through family connections, which was about the only way to get into the Guard in 1969.

  23. JimmysDad

    Sorry for the double post, after a year hear I just figured out 10 fucking minutes ago that there’s a reply button.

  24. Joey Ratz

    [re=495014]BeWoot[/re]: Oh god, Rick Renzi. Also, after Hayworth flamed out, the AZ delegation seems a lot saner.

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