House Democrats are still running for the exits.
Rep. Stephanie Murphy of Florida announced this week that she will not seek reelection in 2022.
It’s getting hard to keep track of how many Democrats have announced that they would rather spend more time with their friends and family next year.
Murphy, a leader of House Dem centrists, won’t seek reelection
Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a leading voice of House Democrats’ moderate wing, announced Monday she won’t seek reelection next fall in another stinging loss for her party.
The Florida Democrat — who flipped a GOP-held battleground seat in 2016 and helped write the party’s playbook for its House takeover two years later — said she is leaving the Hill to spend more time with her family, including her two school-aged children.
“It’s been a real honor for me to serve in Congress, but it does come at a personal sacrifice. My time away has been hard on my family and my kids and on me,” Murphy told POLITICO.
A leader of the centrist Blue Dog Coalition, Murphy once mulled a challenge against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) next fall. Instead, she said she will leave after finishing her current term in the House, where she and other moderates hope to help salvage President Joe Biden’s climate and social spending bill.
Murphy said she hopes “to open a new chapter in my life, one in which I can spend a bit more time with my family.”
There are now 22 of them.
🚨 Breaking 🚨
POLITICO: Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL) won't seek reelection
Murphy is the 22nd incumbent House Democrat to forgo a reelection bid next yearhttps://t.co/ifQoD1iBRf
— InteractivePolls (@PollsandOdds) December 20, 2021
And this is a flippable district.
HUGE NEWS: Democrat Stephanie Murphy (FL07) is not running for re-election.
This is a flippable district & 1 of 5 seats Republicans need to take the House in 2022.
I promise to help.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) December 20, 2021
The 2022 midterms look better for Republicans with each passing week.