This week, Republican Bob Goodlatte announced he would not seek re-election. In this Trump era of draining the swamp, there seems to be a mass exodus outside of the beltway.
Independent Journal Review reports:
On Thursday, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) announced that he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2018, making him the 30th Republican to either retire or abandon re-election in the United States Congress after President Donald Trump’s election.
In a statement, Goodlatte offered little detail about his reasons for leaving Congress but did say his absence would open the door to more time with family.
“After much contemplation and prayer, we decided it was the right time for me to step aside and let someone else serve the Sixth District,” Goodlatte said of him and his wife, Maryellen.
Goodlatte’s resignation came amid concerns that voters and Republican politicians lost confidence in the president. In what some saw as a referendum on President Donald Trump, his chosen gubernatorial candidate for Virginia — Goodlatte’s state — lost to Democrat Ralph Northam on Tuesday.
Goodlatte is just the latest to join Corker and Flake in their exit from political life.
At least 30 Republicans have given their notice since Trump took the wheel of the White House.
The U.S. House press gallery has a complete list here.