Rep. Luis Gutiérrez of Illinois announced out of the blue yesterday that he is not going to seek re-election. He has been in Congress since the early 1990’s and probably would have won easily. Does he know something we don’t? Is a shoe about to drop on him?
Gutiérrez won’t seek reelection
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), a leading national voice on immigration reform, will not seek reelection, three Democratic sources with knowledge of the decision told POLITICO.
Gutiérrez, who has held his seat since 1993, is expected to announce Tuesday afternoon he’s withdrawing the nominating petitions he filed just Monday and will formally endorse Jesus “Chuy” Garcia.
Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, had forced Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel into a runoff election in 2015. His bid for Gutiérrez’s seat means Garcia will not challenge Emanuel again in 2019, as he had previously planned, sources tell POLITICO. With petition filing open on Monday, candidates for Gutiérrez’s open seat will have to turn in nearly 7,000 signatures in less than a week.
CBS News has more:
Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez will not seek re-election after 13 terms in House
Longtime U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, a Democratic party leader on efforts to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws, announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election next year after 13 terms in the House.
“Life to me is like a novel, there’s only a certain number of chapters,” said a tearful Gutierrez at a press conference in Chicago announcing his departure from the House on Tuesday.
It really looks like there’s more to this story than we’re being told.