Report: Longtime Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler considering retirement

Longtime New York Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler is reportedly giving serious consideration to the prospect of retirement once his current term concludes, according to sources familiar with the situation who spoke to the New York Post.

Nadler, 74, has served in the House since 1992 and has long been a committed advocate to all manner of liberal causes, but a spate of health concerns and illnesses within his family have reportedly prompted him to contemplate an exit form the political stage.

The congressman, once so obese that he elected to undergo gastric bypass surgery, notably suffered a near collapse at a 2019 press conference and had to be taken to the hospital, and according to the Post, two sources who have seen him recently claimed that he was having extreme difficulty walking.

Further complicating matters for Nadler is the fact that his wife, Joyce Miller, received a pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year, a fact which caused the congressman to be absent during a portion of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.

According to one Nadler insider who spoke to the Post, “People are wondering when he would decide to retire. He has a fighting spirit but maybe now is the time to exit.”

Democrat political consultant Hank Sheinkopf offered a pragmatic take on the question of Nadler’s possible retirement, saying, “It’s not the first I’m hearing about it. Does he really want to be in the minority next year. How much more can he get done.”

The Post further noted that one of its sources for the story indicated that Nadler himself has declined to offer a concrete answer when asked whether he intends to seek re-election, further stoking suspicions that his career is indeed coming to an end.

Though the outlet reached out to Nadler’s office for comment on the story, its messages were not returned.

With political prognosticators already predicting a conservative wave in the 2022 midterm elections and a new ABC News/Washington Post poll showing GOP congressional candidates holding their largest lead over Democrats in 40 years, nobody could really blame Nadler for wanting to head for greener pastures before his party is ousted from power in dramatic fashion.