Another Republican Retires: I Am Confident I Would Have Won But It’s Time For Me To Leave

Another Republican Retires: I Am Confident I Would Have Won But It’s Time For Me To Leave
I don't understand why these Congressmen that have a chance to reverse the fundamental transformation of Barack Obama are walking away.

On Monday, Republican Rep. Greg Walden of Oregon announced he is retiring from Congress and will not seek election to a 12th term.

Walden’s videotaped announcement claims while he is confident he would win the 2020 election “based on recent polling, strong fundraising, and the backing of my wife and family,” it was time for him to walk away.

Walden entered Congress in 1998 as some would call it, every easily. In 2018, he defeated his  Democratic opponent in 2018 but received less than 60 percent of the vote.

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Rep. Greg Walden, the top Republican on the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, will retire at the end of this Congress, the veteran lawmaker announced Monday.

The 62-year-old Walden, who was first elected in 1998, said he was confident he’d win reelection but decided instead to end his congressional career in Jan. 2021.

“Based on recent polling, strong fundraising, and the backing of my wife and family, I am confident I could earn the support of 2nd District voters for another term. I’m also optimistic that a path exists for Republicans to recapture a majority in the House, and that I could return for two more years as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Walden said in a statement given to POLITICO.

“But I also know that for me, the time has come to pursue new challenges and opportunities.”

Walden added: “So, I will not seek re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives, nor election to any other office, but instead I will close the public service chapter of my life, thankful for the friends I’ve made and the successful work we’ve done together.” [Politico]

RETIREMENTS — HOUSE

Republicans

  1. Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah)
  2. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.)
  3. Rep. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.)
  4. Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.)
  5. Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas)
  6. Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.)
  7. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas)
  8. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas)
  9. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-Texas)
  10. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.)
  11. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.)
  12. Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas)
  13. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)
  14. Rep. Paul Cook’s (R-Calif.)
  15. Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas)
  16. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.)
  17. Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.)
  18. Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.)

RETIREMENTS — SENATE

Republicans

  1. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)
  2. Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.)
  3. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.)
  4. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.)

I don’t understand why these Congressmen that have a chance to reverse the fundamental transformation of Barack Obama are walking away. Are they tired of Pres. Trump? Is he becoming toxic to them?

What are your thoughts?




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