Sen. Jim Webb campaigning with Barack Obama in Virginia Beach in September (Steve Helber/AP)

“I’m going to take it easy,” said Rep. Barney Frank, who’s been running for the past 40 years.


Rep. Barney Frank announcing he wasn’t seeking re-election in November 2011. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Any regrets? None, Frank told us. “I haven’t got the emotional energy to do the job the way I want to do it.” Instead, he’ll write books and become a public policy advocate.

After 16 years on the Hill, Rep. Dennis Kucinich isn’t on the ballot— but “I haven’t really noticed, because I’m a man in motion,” he told us Tuesday.


Dennis Kucinich at a news conference in 2010. (Harry Hamburg/AP)

Sen. Joe Lieberman, who joined the Senate in 1989, skipped politics altogether: He spent Tuesday speaking to the Connecticut Technology Council. “He’s approaching it as a private citizen, at least as far as the election goes,” said his spokesman.


Kay Bailey Hutchison campaigning for Ted Cruz, the Republican who is running to fill her seat. (LM Otero/AP)

Sen. Olympia Snowe at a celebration for the Amtrak Downeaster last week. (Robert F Bukaty/AP)

Sen. Ben Nelson spent the day back in Nebraska after endorsing Democratic candidate Bob Kerrey, who’s running to fill Nelson’s vacant seat.

Which brings us to our final point: Never say never. After a distinguished political career, former senator Kerrey called it quits and went into the private sector — relocated to New York, settled into marriage and fatherhood, served as president of The New School. But Nebraska politics called, and Kerrey moved back home after a decade — despite objections from his very East Coast wife.

So it was probably no surprise that Joe Biden is keeping his options open. The vice-president met with reporters in Delaware after voting early Tuesday morning — the eighth time he’s cast a ballot for himself in a statewide election. Last time?

“No, I don’t think so,” he said with a big grin.

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