From theHouston Chronicle:
WASHINGTON — Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison told a Texas magazine she will
not seek re-election after this term and may leave the Senate as early
as 2009, according to excerpts published on the magazine’s Web blog on
Hutchison told Texas Monthly in an interview to be fully published
in December that she would end her Senate career in 2012, whether or
not she runs for governor.
Stepping down in two years “has to be considered,” the Texas Republican senior senator is quoted as saying in the excerpts.
Hutchison declined an interview request from The Associated Press,
but a spokesman for the senator confirmed the accuracy of the magazine
If she does run for governor and wins, once she steps down as
senator a temporary appointment would be made by the governor to fill
the Senate seat until an election is held. It’s conceivable she would
get to make that interim selection if she’s the incoming governor.