Rep. David Obey, a leading liberal Democrat and chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, said Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his term this year, dealing Democrats defending their majority another blow in an election season of voter discontent.
He first became chairman of the Appropriations Committee in 1994, and was a top architect of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus bill.
He is a longtime ally and confidant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. SOURCE
Obey now see that his backing of the Obama stimulus bill and the big spending government has brought his political career as a Dem. Rep. to an end and that he could not win re-election! Barack has sure done a good job of killing off the democrat party!