Hollings To Retire, At Last

CNN.com – Hollings won’t seek re-election in 2004 – Aug. 4, 2003
Thank you. The Professor has been hammering on Hollings (D-Disney) for a long time now — and rightly so — as a shill for the MPAA (see here, here, here and here) and RIAA. I favor protecting intellectual property, but Hollings has attempted to do away with fair use in any form and seeing him leave the Senate will mean a chance at balance in the world of copyrights.

Democratic Sen. Ernest Hollings of South Carolina announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2004 — a decision that offers Republicans an opportunity to pick up another seat in the South.

Hollings, who was first elected to the Senate in 1966 but has been South Carolina’s senior senator only since Sen. Strom Thurmond retired in January, made the announcement on the campus of the University of South Carolina in the Hollings National Advocacy Center named for him.

Hollings is 81 and his current term expires in early 2005.

Hollings’ retirement would be another blow for Senate Democrats, who are struggling to regain the Senate in 2004. Open seats are usually far more competitive than those held by an incumbent.

Already, Democrats are defending an open seat in Georgia and are bracing for the potential retirements of Florida Sen. Bob Graham and North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, both of whom are running for president.

Democrats in South Carolina say they hope to recruit Inez Tenenbaum, the state school superintendent, to run for Hollings’ seat.

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