Texas Sen. Hutchison might delay Washington exit

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison told a conservative radio show host in Dallas on Tuesday that she may put off her resignation from the U.S. Senate until next year.

Hutchison, who hopes to unseat Gov. Rick Perry in the March Republican primary, told radio host Mark Davis of WBAP/820 AM in Dallas that there are too many important issues facing Congress right now for her to say when she will step down and commit fully to her campaign for governor.

"I am going to leave," Hutchison said. "I think it’s important that I do everything I can when there are such huge issues, and I haven’t been able to set that deadline, which I know is something a lot of people are looking at to determine what other possibilities there might be."

Davis asked Hutchison whether she might stay in her seat until the end of the year.

"I can’t say anything right now because I don’t know," Hutchison said. "Every day in Washington some new bad thing is coming up."

Davis pushed further, asking whether she might stay in the Senate through next year’s March primary. Hutchison said people have suggested that to her but that it will depend on when Congress finishes with issues like healthcare.

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