Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Ron Kind announced on Tuesday he will not seek reelection in 2022 and will retire from Congress following his current term.
SCOOP: Rep. Ron Kind won’t seek reelection next November
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“When Congressman Kind retires at the end of this term, Wisconsin and America will be losing a public servant in Congress who has dedicated decades to delivering results For The People,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement on Tuesday, according to Politico.
The scandal plagued Congressman most recently included concerns regarding one of his rental properties. He rental income disclosure noted income from rental to Asian Sunny Massage.
Breitbart News noted “he made up to $50,000 in rent income each year. The parlor has been caught advertising on various illicit websites that police have known to be sites for soliciting sex, like RubMaps, AssortList, and BodyRubsMap. Notably, RubsMaps has been described as the Yelp for these types of businesses.”
Kind’s retirement opens a new potential opportunity for Republicans to pick up a House seat in the rural Wisconsin district. The House is held by only a slim margin by Democrats, meaning any change could quickly overturn power to the GOP.
Axios reported, “Kind retiring spells trouble for Democrats, who are trying to hold onto their slim majority in the House. Kind’s heavily rural district voted for former President Trump by more than 4 points in both 2016 and 2020.”
It added, “Key House GOP campaign officials are already buzzing about the money they expect to save now that Kind is out, given it’s a top battleground for them in 2022.”