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I quit! GOP Congressman fed up with partisan posturing

Rep. Rodney Alexander will step down at the end of his term "so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."
/ Source: MSNBC TV

Rep. Rodney Alexander will step down at the end of his term "so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country."

Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., right, speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006, following an appearance before the House Ethics Committee. (Photo by Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Rep. Rodney Alexander, a six-term Republican from Louisiana, said Tuesday that he will step down at the end of his term due to congressional gridlock.

“Partisan posturing has created a legislative standstill,” Alexander said in a statement. “I have decided not to seek reelection, so that another may put forth ideas on how to break through the gridlock and bring about positive change for our country.”

Alexander was elected to his seat as a Democrat in 2002, but he switched parties during his first term, in 2004. He is the fifth House Republican to resign from Congress this year, but the first to directly credit the Capitol’s dysfunction.

In the statement announcing his resignation, Alexander quoted Thomas Jefferson: ”There is a fullness of time when men should go, and not occupy too long the ground to which others have a right to advance.”