After Glenn Youngkin’s huge win in Virginia earlier this month, pundits began predicting a wave of House Democrats would retire before the 2022 midterm elections and it’s happening.
Almost ten House Democrats have already announced they won’t run for reelection again in 2022.
Rep. Jackie Speier of California is the latest.
FOX News reports:
Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier will not seek reelection in 2022
Democratic California Rep. Jackie Speier said Tuesday she will not seek reelection in 2022, the latest member to retire ahead of midterm elections where Republicans are trying to take back the House majority.
Speier released a video on Tuesday announcing her retirement from office after 12 years of service in the House.
The California Democrat recounted “lying on an airstrip in the jungles of Guyana with five bullet holes” in her body after she and her 1978 congressional fact-finding delegation were shot by People’s Temple members in Guyana the same day as the Jonestown Massacre and how she pledged to go into public service should she survive.
“I lived, and I served,” Speier said. “It has been a remarkable journey that has surpassed my wildest dreams.”
Here’s her announcement video:
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) November 16, 2021
These Democrats who are retiring know that a red wave is coming.
Whatever is left of the 2022 dam continues to break. Breaking: https://t.co/17CAmwogJN
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) November 16, 2021
— New York Post (@nypost) November 16, 2021
“It’s been an extraordinary privilege and honor to represent the people of San Mateo County and San Francisco,” Speier said.
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) November 16, 2021
It’s better to retire with dignity than get wiped out in a midterm, right?