Yesterday, we noted Democrats were busy mulling over the news of GOP Congressman Henry Brown’s retirement.

Robert Burton, a reservist and Mt. Pleasant pilot who is already in the Democratic primary race, flew early on Monday to Washington for some fundraising meetings before getting a slew of calls about Brown’s announcement.

He tells the City Paper that he’ll miss a little political sparring with Brown. “I won’t have a do-nothing Congressman to run against,” Burton says.

The candidate has charted out a busy schedule over the next few weeks as he tries to win early support from key Democrats in the district, while also speaking with local party committees and other progressive grassroots organizations.

Brown’s decision also had many asking whether former candidate Linda Ketner was going to reconsider her decision to sit out the 2010 race. Ketner lost a close race to Brown in the 2008 general election, putting the race on a watch list of national Democrats looking for win this year. She decided last year that she would sit out 2010 and look at the political landscape again in 2012.

Since Brown’s announcement she has received over 100 voicemails and e-mails asking whether she would consider a run. “I have no plans to run but will take the time to consider it again,” Ketner says.