May 24, 2022

Florida Representative Ted Deutch stepping down ahead of 2022 midterm electiosn, 31st Democrat retiring from Congress

The Democratic Party is in for a very difficult time during the 2022 midterm elections. Many have decided to leave rather than face the punishing defeat headed their way.

Rep. Ted Deutch has become the 31st Democratic lawmaker to step aside ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, the Daily Caller reported. The Florida Democrat announced Monday that he would not seek re-election after more than a decade in Congress.

“After serving the public for more than 15 years, I have decided I will not seek re-election this November,” Deutch said in a statement. “Public service was instilled in me by my father, who earned a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge, and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Congress since 2010” he said.

“I am incredibly grateful to my constituents for their support and friendship,” Deutch said. He is reportedly leaving to become Chief Executive Officer for the advocacy group, the American Jewish Committee.

“I’m not running away from Congress, I’m running to an opportunity to do something really significant in a different type of service,” Deutch told WPLG-TV when asked about his departure amidst so many others. “And that’s what I’m looking forward to,” he said.

Deutch is leaving despite his membership to congressional committees, including holding one high-level position. Deutch serves as chairman of the House Ethics Committee and is also a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Judiciary Committee.

That makes his departure all the more significant and, according to National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Mike Berg, a harbinger of things to come for Democrats. “Ted Deutch knows House Democrats’ majority is doomed so he made the smart decision to forgo reelection,” Berg said in a statement.

The mass exodus of Democratic lawmakers is a solid indication that they know the party will be hard-pressed to keep their majorities in the House and Senate. The midterm elections will likely be a political bloodbath, and lawmakers like Deutch don’t want to stick around to see it happen.

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