Rep. Dennis Cardoza, announcing his resignation from Congress today:
In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year, and in light of the fact that (my wife) and I are facing increasing parenting challenges, this seemed the right time to make this move.
Rep. Dennis Cardona, announcing his new job at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP, a law firm that promises to help clients "navigate the maze of law and regulation that govern nearly every commercial activity":
The Manatt connection to government is well known. And the firm’s high-level advocacy, eminent reputation and strategic client counseling make this transition into the private sector an exciting one.
Cardoza, semi-famously, was one of the Blue Dog Democrats most likely to tell a reporter (sotto voce) that Barack Obama was screwing everything up. You kind of wish he'd apply the same straight talk to a statement over why he's actually quitting...