Sen. John Cornyn told reporters today he was "firmly on the sidelines" in the race between Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry but he sure wasn't neutral about Hutchison leaving the Senate. Wearing, as he put it, his National Republican Senatorial Committee hat, Cornyn said, "My hope is that she keeps her Senate seat as long as possible."
Cornyn noted that there are only 41 Republican senators -- and losing Hutchison would potentially put the GOP "in a 40 vote filibuster-proof position."
"That is my concern," he said. "She does not have to give up her seat," he added, since Texas law allows her to run for office while maintaining her Senate seat. Asked if he had told her not to resign at all -- she's already delayed her planned exit from June to the end of the year -- Cornyn said he had spoken to her about it. "That is my request for her," which he said he had made "both publicly and privately."
-- Maria Recio