GOP Defector Calls It Quits! Lawmaker Resigns After Voting Against Impeachment

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/10/2024
Representative Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin announced his resignation from Congress on Saturday. Gallagher deviated from the Republican Party on Tuesday's impeachment vote, which put him in danger of a primary challenge.

Instead of seeking reelection in November, Gallagher informed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would be leaving government to go in the private sector, where he would focus on military policy and national security objectives. In an attempt to convince him to run for a Senate seat in this election, his party, which saw him as a rising star, failed. The Iraq War veteran, 39, a member of the Marines, said he had always seen Congress as "a deployment, not a career."

According to Politico, Gallagher is the head of the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party and is well-known for his work in cybersecurity. According to the Wall Street Journal, he has consistently fared better than Donald Trump in Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District. Moreover, by the end of 2023, his primary campaign committee had the highest cash balance of any House Republican at almost $4 million.

This week, he voted together with three other Republicans to oppose the impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Gallagher also came under fire from the GOP for not protesting the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona and Pennsylvania. Regarding the incident, he said, "I do not like to enrage people, but I was able to get through it."

According to a Wisconsin Democratic Party spokeswoman, "Mike Gallagher calling his quits is about as blunt an indictment of Republicans' incapacity to govern as you can get," NBC News said. The resignation, according to former Michigan Representative Peter Meijer, would hinder attempts to confront China, address AI, and address other cyber-related challenges.

The "most intellectual and brilliant member" he served with, in his words, was Gallagher. Gallagher justified his choice by stating that having a family makes the work less suitable. "You can not age in Congress, I promise you," he said on social media.


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