The wave of retirements to hit the Senate has stopped, at least for the moment.
Sen. Charles Colgan, a Democrat from Northern Virginia, issued a press release Friday to say that yes, in fact, he would seek re-election. It had been rumored that Colgan would step down, joining Senate Republicans John Chichester, Charles Hawkins and Russ Potts on the porch swing.
A senior member of the party, Colgan has served as a budget negoatiator for 16 years. He and his family organized and built Colgan Air, a regional airline at the Manassas Regional Airport. The company was sold recently to Pinnacle Airlines of Memphis, but the family will continue to operate the airline.
He was elected to the Senate in 1975, and if the Dems have any hope of regaining their majority in that body in November, having Colgan stay definitely works in their favor.