Nancy Pelosi read the writing on the wall after this retirement statement
The Democrats’ control over Congress grows shakier by the day.
There is more bad news on the way.
And Nancy Pelosi read the writing on the wall after this retirement statement.
Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio announced he would not seek re-election in 2022 after serving 18 terms in Congress.
“With humility and gratitude I am announcing that I will not seek re-election next year. It has been the greatest honor of my life to serve as Congressman for the Fourth District of Oregon…”
“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.”
DeFazio became the 19th Democrat to announce they would not seek re-election.
But several factors stood out, making this no ordinary retirement.
First, DeFazio barely defeated Republican Aleksander Reed Skarlato by just 25,000 votes in 2020, DeFazio’s narrowest election win since 1986.
Skarlato – who is a former Marine and one of the heroes of the Thayls train attack where Skarlato and other U.S. service members stopped an Islamic terror attack – figured to run again in a much more favorable environment for Republicans.
But the big news out of DeFazio’s retirement was that he served as Transportation Committee Chairman and Committee Chairmen do not retire unless they think they are going to be in the minority in the next Congress.
DeFazio’s retirement sent a major signal to Nancy Pelosi that even her closest allies are throwing in the towel on the Democrats chances to hang on to Congress in 2022.