Another Democrat is headed for the exits ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado announced this week that he will not seek reelection, making him the 26th Democrat to do so.
It’s turning into a virtual stampede at this point.
The Hill reports:
Rep. Perlmutter says he won’t seek reelection in November
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) said Monday he will retire from Congress after his current term, joining more than two dozen other House Democrats who have announced they will not seek reelection ahead of this year’s midterm elections.
Perlmutter, 68, said in a statement that he has “never shied away from a challenge but it’s time for me to move on and explore other opportunities.”
“There comes a time when you pass the torch to the next generation of leaders. I’m deeply gratified that our bench in the 7th District is deep and fortunately we have a strong group of leaders who are ready and able to take up that torch,” he added.
Perlmutter’s announcement follows Colorado’s new congressional maps, which cut the 7th District from a 15-point Democratic lean to just 6 points, according to FiveThirtyEight.
The eight-term congressman said that despite his retirement, the district has “the best of Colorado in it and even though the numbers are slightly tighter we will win.”
You can see his announcement statement below:
After much thought and consideration, I have decided not to run for reelection. It’s been a privilege and honor of a lifetime to serve Colorado, the state I love and have always called home. pic.twitter.com/42vwPpN3cQ
— Ed Perlmutter (@Ed4Colorado) January 10, 2022
This sure is a long and growing list of retiring Democrats.
Add Rep. Ed Perlmutter to list of departing House Ds
Johnson (Eddie Bernice)
— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) January 10, 2022
Democrats know what’s coming in November.