At a time when they certainly can’t afford it, politically speaking, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), chairman of the powerful House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced last week that he will not seek re-election next year, the New York Post reports.
DeFazio, whose announcement reportedly even caught some of his closest colleagues in the House off-guard, is officially the 19th Democrat to bow out ahead of a major midterm election.
In comparison, ahead of the 2010 midterms, when Dems were completely wiped out, only 17 lawmakers had announced they wouldn’t seek another term in office, which sets up 2022 to be a potential record-setting bloodbath election for the party of donkeys.
“It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as Congressman for the Fourth District of Oregon,” DeFazio said in his official statement on the shocking development.
He added: “This was a tough decision at a challenging time for our republic with the very pillars of our democracy under threat,” going on to say he’s “bolstered by the passion and principles of my colleagues in Congress and the ingenuity and determination of young Americans who are civically engaged and working for change.”
While DeFazio’s district is highly unlikely to be flipped red, the departure still puts additional strain on the Democratic Party and its resources, as a suitable replacement will need to be located, vetted, and funded for what could still be an ugly campaign season for blue candidates.
National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokeswoman Courtney Parella explained that DeFazio’s retirement announcement is of greater concern to the Dem Party compared to others, citing the fact that powerful committee chairs typically do not take such courses of actions ahead of an election.
“Committee Chairs don’t retire unless they know their majority is gone,” Parella said. “Nancy Pelosi’s days as Speaker are numbered.”
While we still have a little less than a year to go, it’s increasingly looking like Americans will finally receive a break from the Dems’ radically progressive agenda after next year’s election, and that relief can’t some soon enough.