Longtime Illinois Congressman Tim Johnson says he's dropping his re-election campaign and plans to retire when his current term ends. The six-term Republican made the announcement this afternoon. He cited family obligations.
"I'm almost 66 years old. My time is limited. I've been serving in office for 44 years...consecutive years. I'm also the father of nine children. I have 11 grand children and now two...(sigh) have to compose myself...great-grandchildren. I've been a part-time father in all those years and that's not good enough."
Last year, the 65-year-old Johnson called for quick ends to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and last month backed Ron Paul for president. Johnson was first elected to Congress in 2000, and he built a reputation for breaking with his party on certain issues. Bloomington State Senator Bill Brady, who was the Republican candidate for Governor in 2010 and lost to Johnson in 2000, was among those rumored to be a possible replacement on the ballot, but in a statement Brady says he's not interested.
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