Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon is the latest House Democrat to announce his retirement ahead of the 2022 midterms.
Republicans only need a handful of seats to retake control of the House and Democrats seem to know that the writing is on the wall. Over 15 of them are already heading for the exits.
Pelosi’s majority is vanishing before her eyes.
Red State reports:
Like Rats From a Sinking Ship: Another Top Dem Announces Retirement Before ’22
And then there were 19.
Nineteen House Democrats have now announced plans to retire rather than seek re-election in the 2022 midterms. As I said in the headline, like rats fleeing a sinking ship — the HMS Pelosi, that is.
Oregon Democrat Peter A. DeFazio, 74, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on Wednesday became the latest to announce his retirement, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, saying it was time for him to “pass the baton to the next generation.”
“It’s time for me to pass the baton to the next generation so I can focus on my health and well-being. This was a tough decision at a challenging time for our republic with the very pillars of our democracy under threat, but I am bolstered by the passion and principles of my colleagues in Congress and the ingenuity and determination of young Americans who are civically engaged and working for change.”
Democrats know a red wave is coming and many of them want to retire quietly on their own terms.
— Rep Peter DeFazio (@RepPeterDeFazio) December 1, 2021
That's the 19th Democrat retirement announcement for 2022.
Pelosi's math to keep her gavel is brutal: https://t.co/XDf1Bo1WB1
— Matt Rooney (@MattRooneyNJ) December 2, 2021
How many more Democrats will hang it up before the midterms?