Democrats have been retiring or leaving in droves before the 2022 midterm elections. What does that mean for President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party?
Democratic Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper claims he will not seek re-election because of the “gerrymandering” that broke up his district, the Daily Caller reported. Cooper has served for three decades and will now be the 29th Democrat to announce retirement from the current Congress.
A map released Monday showed that redistricting has split Cooper’s Fifth District, which is currently majority Democrat. It includes Davidson County, which has a high black population, as well as Nashville, but the district will now be split between the Sixth and Seventh Districts.
“I could not stop the General Assembly from dismembering Nashville,” Cooper said in a statement. “No one tried harder to keep our city whole. I explored every possible way, including lawsuits, to stop the gerrymandering and to win one of the three new congressional districts that now divide Nashville,” he claimed.
“I don’t know what the future holds but I am ready to get another job next year and make up for lost time with family and friends,” Cooper continued. “I could not be more excited. Having started as the youngest congressman in America, even after my record tenure I am still only 67 years old.”
Cooper began his political career in 1982 in the Fourth District. He attempted and failed to secure a Senate seat in 1994 but reclaimed his House spot in 2003. He sits on the Budget, Armed Services, and Oversight and Reform committees.
The growing list of Democrats abandoning ship has some speculating that they’re attempting to avoid the “bloodbath” coming in the 2022 midterms, Fox News reported. Former Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy suggested that the glut of voters suddenly identifying as Republican has made “Democrats today look and say, ‘This is going to be a bloodbath. A red tsunami is going to crash upon our shores, and I want to make a decision not to run.'”
Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that the Democratic Party is losing its politicians in droves. This upheaval before the midterms might be just a taste of what’s to come for the Democrats.