GOP Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) announced on Monday morning that he will resign from his seat at the end of his term in 2022.
In another blow to the state’s GOP, Toomey said he has also decided against running for governor of the Keystone state, throwing a major monkey wrench into his party’s plans to maintain and expand influence in the critical swing state.
“I will not be running for reelection in 2022 and I will not be running for governor,” Toomey said in his official announcement. “I will serve out the remainder of my term,” adding that after his term, “My plan is to go back to the private sector.”
Toomey noted that he’s spent 18 of the last 24 years in public office, and as a longtime advocate for term limits, it appears that he is sticking to his guns until the bitter end.
Toomey is currently Pennsylvania’s only elected statewide GOP politician that is not a judge and the lack of a clear successor for his Senate seat risks the GOP’s hold on the seat altogether. Additionally, as the most prominent GOP politician in the state, he was considered the obvious GOP candidate for governor.
Fox News reported:
Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, will not be allowed to run for reelection in 2022 due to the state’s gubernatorial term limits. Therefore there will be two open-seat statewide elections in Pennsylvania during the midterms — one for the governor’s office and one for Toomey’s seat.
With Toomey’s departure from public office, the upcoming 2022 Senate and governor elections are expected to be a bloodbath both in the primary and the general election.