House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was already facing a monumental challenge to hold her embarrassingly thin majority in the House in the 2022 midterms. Now, multiple Democrats are promising to retire before 2022, with perhaps the most high profile being former Florida governor Charlie Crist.
According to Breitbart, adding to her mounting obstacles is the new threat of a number of House Democrats either announcing or pondering the idea of retiring or exiting from the lower chamber before the next election, with some of them leaving open districts that Republicans will likely add to their potential target list.
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), described as one of Pelosi’s most loyal lieutenants, announced last week that she has no plans of seeking reelection in 2022. Her exit will leave open a vulnerable seat which she only managed to barely win in 2020, as the district she represents heavily favors former President Donald Trump.
Additionally, thanks to residents of Illinois fleeing the state in droves like those fleeing from California and other heavily blue states, Illinois managed to lose a congressional seat after the 2020 census data was released, which makes matters even worse for House Democrats.
Marking another blow to the ranks of House Democrats was the Tuesday announcement from Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who confirmed that he’ll be challenging Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) for the governor’s mansion next year. Interestingly, Crist once served as governor of Florida as a Republican, before he switched parties.
A pair of Pennsylvania Democrats, Reps. Conor Lamb and Chrissy Houlahan, have also hinted at the strong possibility of making a run for a vacant Senate seat after Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) retires. That’s another situation where Pelosi will be vulnerable, as the empty seats could be viable targets for Republicans looking to flip as many seats from blue to red as possible.
You might also remember Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), the failed 2020 presidential candidate. Ryan recently launched a campaign bid to win a seat that will soon be vacated by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), meaning yet another House Democrat moving on.
There’s not enough space to go over the numerous remaining House Democrats who are either considering retirement or attempting to run for different offices.
But the bottom line is that Pelosi has a major problem — one that she likely won’t be able to overcome — and there’s still plenty of time for more retirement announcements between now and November 2022.