Glenn Nye Announces He’s Not Running in 2012

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    Wednesday, Jul 6, 2011, 6:11 pm

    Dear Friends,

    Over the first half of this year I have met with and spoken to many of you who have expressed interest in my next steps and encouraged me to stay involved in politics.  I cannot thank you enough for your continued friendship.  I have also received many calls and messages urging me to run for Congress or other office in Virginia from supporters eager to see me continue my public service.  I am humbled by the support, but I wanted to let you know that, after careful consideration, I have decided not to run for Congress in 2012.

    Though it was never my dream to be in politics, I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Hampton Roads and the Eastern Shore in the US House of Representatives.  I have had many great opportunities to serve, including as a civilian alongside our military men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I am proud of all we accomplished in one term in Congress, including passing legislation to cut taxes for small businesses who hire unemployed veterans, protecting military family benefits like MyCAA, and achieving advanced funding for VA healthcare.  I also know there are many ways to serve.  That’s why, in addition to my current work on foreign affairs issues as a Senior Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., I have joined the Board of Directors at VetsHouse in Virginia Beach.  Through VetsHouse I look forward to staying closely involved in helping Hampton Roads veterans.

    Over the past six months I have been busy traveling around Virginia visiting with people across the Commonwealth and supporting Democratic committees and groups dedicated to helping candidates who share a vision of service to our communities.  I intend to stay active in helping Democrats win in the upcoming 2011 elections, as well as the vital 2012 races.  As our country faces major challenges, and while issues with deep and far-reaching implications are being debated, it is a time for all of us to stay involved and help guide Virginia and America on the best path.

    Thank you so much for your support over the years.  As a team we have accomplished much.  I look forward to continuing to serve alongside you in the years to come.

    Sincerely,

    Glenn Nye

    Paid for and Authorized by Friends of Glenn Nye

    • Beachgirl4242

      I also received this email and I was really disappointed to read it. I saw Congressman Nye last at the Virginia Beach JJ Dinner a couple of months ago and he was great. Like most true blue dems I gave him a hard time about his healthcare votes but looking at the representation we have in Scott Rigell I couldn’t regret that more. Scott Rigell is the biggest joke in politics.

      What I am worried about is the democratic party finding a candidate that can run against Scott Rigell. As you can see by our lack of democrats in elected office in Virginia Beach we don’t have many people to choose from. I think we need a candidate that can capture the independent and moderate voters. I hope the party doesn’t make the mistake of supporting a super progressive candidate that can’t win because my sense in this community is that Scott Rigell can be beaten.  

    • to pick a strong Democrat – not a “conservadem” but a REAL Democrat – to run against the utterly abysmal Scott Rigell. I sure hope they do so, because 2012 will present a definite opportunity to win back that seat!!

    • truthteller

      The 2nd hasn’t changed much, and I think Paula Miller might be a solid mainstream candidate to take on Scott Rigell.  

    • truthteller

      As House redistricting has yet to take place. But the 2nd is unlikely to change much in redistricting.

    • FreeDem

      This opens up the nomination to Warner’s close business associate Paul Hirschbiel. Nye probably pulled out of the race before Paul officially announced to save face. You can be certain that Warner would line up behind his friend right out of the gate. That would be a big embarrassment for Nye if he didn’t withdraw now. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nye was told that he would struggle to get any support from Warner and his following, so he was essentially forced out of the race before it even started.