Gregg announced last week he would not be running for re-election. He also withdrew his name for consideration to become the next US Commerce Secretary.
In a Feb. 13 message to supporters Hodes wrote: ” Yesterday, we celebrated the 200 year anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. And it is well worth remembering the life of Lincoln today. Because if we could overcome the challenges of civil war and the evils of slavery, we can surely overcome the challenges America faces now with a recession, two wars, and the need to rebuild a working economy and create jobs for the 21st century.”
The two term represenative went on to say: “In order to succeed, we all recognize that we need change in America. That is why I first ran for Congress. That is why I endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama back in July of 2007. That is why I have been working with President Obama on his Jobs and Recovery plan to invest in our schools, our green energy technology, and our own workers.”