BOND WON'T RUN IN 2010
"As a sixth-generation Missourian, I have always loved our state. Through 40 years in public life I have met many wonderful people. The people I have met along the way are the reason I ran for public office and the reason I am still here,” said Sen. Kit Bond. “I thank the voters of Missouri who elected me to represent them. There is no greater honor. I am truly blessed to have been entrusted by them with the responsibility of public office."
LT. GOVERNOR PETER KINDER REACTS FIRST:
"This announcement comes as a surprise considering Sen. Bond’s astounding record of nearly 40 years in public service. Throughout his career, Sen. Bond has worked far beyond the call of duty. The impact of his service to the people of Missouri and the United States of America will long be felt by future generations. His exemplary efforts on national defense, transportation and agriculture have laid the groundwork for a better America from this day forward. This announcement has created an opportunity for our Missouri Republican Party. Together, we must unify behind the conservative ideals that we share with families across our state. We will unite for the people of our state and for the future of our nation. We will continue Sen. Bond’s legacy of serving Missourians and working for the betterment of our society. Today, I wish Sen. Bond many successes in his future endeavors and, on behalf of citizens across this state, I thank him for his service to Missouri. I truly believe there has never been a public servant to do more for the State of Missouri than Sen. Kit Bond."
REP. ROY BLUNT REACTS:
"There is no doubt that if Senator Bond’s name was on the ballot in November of 2010 he would have won handily. After almost four decades of service, the contributions Kit made are interwoven in the history of Missouri and our nation. He has been the strongest advocate our state could have in the United States Senate. Missourians know that Kit Bond always fought for us and has led the fight to keep our country safe. I’m looking forward to working with Kit for the next two years in Congress. I count him as one of my closest friends and look forward to his friendship for many years to come."
GOV.-ELECT JAY NIXON REACTS:"Over the past 40 years, Sen. Kit Bond has made a real difference in the lives of Missourians. His leadership on national intelligence has kept our families safe, and his commitment to the Parents as Teachers program has given countless children a head start on learning. Our state and nation are stronger because of Sen. Bond’s service. Georganne and I wish Kit and Linda all the best in the years to come."
GOVERNOR MATT BLUNT REACTS:
"Senator Bond is a statesman among statesmen and a great friend and mentor. His four decades of service have left a positive and lasting mark on Missouri. Senator Bond’s achievements over the last forty years have brought growth and prosperity to our state, and his leadership has made our country stronger and our families safer. When you travel the state as much as I do one sees Senator Bond’s positive imprint almost everywhere. He is an extraordinary man and an extraordinary leader. As Senator Bond completes his final term in the Senate, Melanie and I wish him and Linda the very best for the future."