House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is facing even steeper odds to hold on to her majority in the House of Representatives after news of the announcement of the retirement of Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).
The North Carolina representative’s office did not confirm the retirement, however, they did tell Spectrum News 1 that “The official announcement will be made later today or tomorrow.”
Butterfield is serving his 10th term in Congress and has been a staunch supporter of the speaker’s agenda, voting with Pelosi 100 percent of the time in the current 117th Congress, according to Breitbart.
With his retirement, the congressman will likely invite steep competition for his seat in the Democratic primaries, not to mention the general election.
Trends have shown that the congressman’s district has seen an uptick in Republican-favorable polling, and it’s not considered out of the question.
“Earlier this month, the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), the House Republican campaign arm, announced they added Butterfield to their list of seats they were hoping to pick off during the election,” Breitbart reported.
Sources close to the issue said that retirements like Butterfield’s are appearing in droves and it’s apparent that, “Democrats have two choices: retire or lose. The smart ones are retiring,” according to NRCC Communications Director Michael McAdams.
While it’s not uncommon for Congress to be taken over in majority by the party that does not hold the White House, the no holds barred politics that have been paid out over the last several terms make the stakes higher than ever and the parties more concerned than ever about what a change in power could mean.