Hutchison Delaying Resignation Until After Texas Primary

Posted November 13, 2009 at 7:06pm

Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison won’t resign her seat until after she participates in a Republican primary for governor next March.

According to the Associated Press, Hutchison plans to say in a speech Saturday in Galveston that she’ll remain in the Senate to fight Democratic proposals to overhaul health care and enact a cap-and-trade system to limit greenhouse gases.

“I realize this will keep me in the Senate past the primary election,” Hutchison plans to say, according to the AP. “These issues are too important to leave the fight to a newly appointed freshman senator who will be selected in the midst of a political storm.”

Hutchison in July told a radio interviewer that she planned to resign from the Senate in October or November to concentrate on her primary challenge of Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who has been governor since December 2000 and is seeking a third full term. But she soon backed away from that statement and said it was possible she could stay in the Senate through the gubernatorial primary.