Shimkus broke the news at a Republican fundraiser Friday evening in Marion. He's in the running for another two-year term in 2006, but his decision means he could run again in 2008 and beyond.Yeah, I bet he doesn't want to talk about it.
The Marion Daily Republican quoted Shimkus as saying that “When the president of the United States and the majority of your constituents urge you to run, how can you not.”
Shimkus was “is not doing media interviews specific to this topic,” said his spokesman, Steve Tomaszewski, on Monday.
Look, this really isn't anything new. Very few "term limits" Republicans actually put their money where their mouth is. But it is very disrespectful to voters who narrowly elected him back in 1996 partially on this issue. Hell, I don't even like term limits but I like blatant manipulation and dishonesty even less.
Here is the link to the Marion Daily Republican story. And while Shimkus isn't saying anything today about his decision he is quoted in the Marion paper as saying:
"When the President of the United States and the majority of your constituents urge you to run, how can you not."Except that anyone could have made that same argument in 1996 when he decided that was not a good reason. Whatever, John.
The Republican party really has become totally desensitized to any notion of hypocrisy.