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Hutchison prepared to resign this year

July 29, 2009 at 4:39 PM

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said for the first time Wednesday she was prepared to resign her seat this fall to focus on campaigning for governor.

Hutchison said during a radio interview she was prepared to resign her seat in October or November to pave the way for a special election for her successor, The Hill reported.

Hutchison said she couldn't be a senator and run the kind of gubernatorial campaign she wanted.

"I am trying to do everything that I can while I'm in office to responsibly serve as a senator, but it is hard because my heart is in Texas," Hutchison told WBAP, Arlington, Texas. "The actual leaving of the Senate will be sometime -- October, November, in that time frame."

Hutchison said she stepped back from a run for the governorship for fellow Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who assumed office in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to become president and has twice won re-election.

"I just can't (stay in office) as long as Gov. Perry's in the race," she said. "No one expected him to run again."

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