Aside from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and President Joe Biden having their Christmas ruined after Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) revealed that he will not be supporting the Build Back Better legislation, Democrats in the House face another mounting retirement crisis.
According to Breitbart, the crisis was exacerbated within the past several days as no less than three additional House Dems — all considered to be in “vulnerable” districts — announced their decision to retire ahead of the 2022 midterms, bringing the total number of Democratic exits to 23.
Those who announced their departure from the lower chamber included: Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA). All three announcements were made within a 24-hour timespan.
As many do, Murphy said her decision to depart the hall of Congress was for family reasons, citing how the job makes it difficult to raise and interact with a growing family.
“It’s been a real honor for me to serve in Congress, but it does come at a personal sacrifice. My time away has been hard on my family and my kids and on me,” the congresswoman said. It should be noted that her congressional seat will likely be erased after Florida approves a new redistricting map.
Roybal-Allard offered another standard response concerning her plans to exit, saying, “Serving my Constituents in Congress has been the single most distinguished honor of my life.”
She added: “While I will not be seeking reelection in 2022, I look forward to continue to work for the people of my district in the new year and long after I leave public office.” It should be noted that her district, too, faces possible redistricting challenges.
While Sires hasn’t made an official announcement concerning his plans to retire, his district also faces a new redistricting possibility, though it was noted that his seat would likely not be affected, and given that he’s in California, it would be rare for a Republican to challenge him in a solidly-blue district.
One doesn’t need tea leaf-reading skills to understand that Pelosi’s Democratic members are jumping off the sinking blue ship as fast as they can, as otherwise, they’d overwhelmingly suffer humiliating losses in next year’s midterm elections.