I was in the Capitol this morning and ran into Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) as I was leaving to cover a press conference over at Democratic National Committee headquarters featuring the two Democrats who head the House and Senate political operations, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Hyde, as some of you may or may not know, gets around now mainly in a wheelchair.
His decision not to run for another term is triggering the big race in the 6th Congressional District for a rarely open seat.
He continues to preside over the House International Relations Committee as its chairman. Yesterday, he ran an oversight hearing on U.S. policy towards Iran.
Hyde told me he has meeting scheduled today with Secretary of State Condi Rice. She is coming to Capitol Hill to seek Hyde's support for President Bush's Iran next steps on dealing with Iran.
I asked what he thought of the upcoming general election to fill his seat. It will be a ``bloodbath,'' he said. I asked his guess for winner of the three-way Democratic primary. He figured Tammy Duckworth would win. In the end, he said the district is just too Republican for any Democratic to prevail and predicted his replacement would be state Sen. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) who will be the GOP nominee.