July 28, 2021

Longtime House Dem to retire at end of term

Watching for longtime lawmaker retirements is usually a good indication of how Washington, D.C. thinks the midterm elections will turn out. That is even more apparent when it jeopardizes the balance of power.

Five-term Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) announced that she won’t seek re-election in 2022, according to the Washington Times. This could jeopardize the narrow margin Democrats currently have in the House of Representatives.

“Serving Arizonans has been my absolute honor and joy, but after much consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2022,” the 70-year-old congresswoman said Friday in a statement. “I will continue the good fight through this Congress, and when the term is up, I will hand over the baton.”

Currently, the House is split 220-211 in favor of Democrats. Kirkpatrick’s retirement could mean her seat flips Republican, although the once-per-decade redistricting happening this year is expected to add a 10th district to the state could impact the balance as well.

Kirkpatrick is currently serving in the 2nd District and touted her 2010 vote for the Affordable Care Act. However, she lost that year to Republican Paul Gosar largely because of that vote and was unsuccessful in her Senate bid to unseat deceased Sen. John McCain.

The congresswoman and former attorney beat her Republican challenger Brandon Marlin by almost 40,000 votes in 2020. Earlier in the year, Kirkpatrick took a leave of absence to receive treatment for alcoholism after she had a fall that she credited for “a little bit of a wake-up call.” However, she told the media that it had nothing to do with her retirement announcement.

While retirements are occurring on both sides of the political aisle, Republicans seem to be cleaning house of all of their establishment deadwood. The ones on their way out are those who broke with former President Donald Trump, arguably the most popular and transformation Republican figure since Ronald Reagan.

Unfortunately for Democrats, their party is in danger of tipping radically left which could drive moderate voters out of the parties. If more Democrats start to follow suit in retirements, it could be a solid indication that President Joe Biden’s administration is leaning further left — and away from most Americans.

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35 Responses

    1. Let’s see, if I am right a Congress person holds Office for 2 years. So, she is going too RETIRE after her 5th term which means she served 10 years. GEE, it must be nice to get a pension after only 10 years of work.

      1. Good riddance to her, she lost and was re-elected by people wanting free money without working for it. now quitting to suck on the Govt Teat she helped create, for rest of her commie, crooked, political life. Remember the pendulum swings both ways and in time you and yours will pay for all you created that does not work or are destroying and it will be erased, like the history you erased now,

      1. Lol, I know what you mean. Several of my comments don’t post. No dirty language or threats, just my opinion. I guess even publications that supposedly lean Right still censors people. Insane.

  1. Good riddance you commie trash ,may you retire with a long island ice tea in one hand and a Bible in the other and ask God for forgiveness for the sin of destroying our great nation

  2. She is retiring because of the benefits paid if she retires.
    If she loses in 2022 she doesn’t get those benefits.
    Also, she should run for the Senate Cheney should be gone. Let’s hope.

    1. We do not need ANY Marxist Backside lip lockers in Wyoming Judith ! In fact she should take some to Cuba with her when she retires !

  3. No big loss to Arizona! Now we need a strong MAGA Republican to win that seat, plus any more we get from re districting!

  4. You won’t be missed at all you never did anything at all for your district or for the state of Arizona.

  5. What military leaders, he has replaced them all with one star partisan comedians. He thinks that he can laugh the enemy to death, with Democrat jokes???

    All I can say is if Biden does not like the way a Neanderthal thinks, then he should quit hiring them. Case in point Jen Psaki, if she circles back any more I will be getting dizzy.
    Oh! is that Jen Psaki or Gin Psaki? It gets confusing coming from a Neanderthal white caveman spouting off from his cave.

  6. OH DRAT,I thought that when I read the header I thought that the peelosi problem was quitting and AMERICA would return to somewhat normal,but we AMERICANS will just have to wait a little longer.

  7. JOB OPENING IMMEDIATELY …. ARIZONA SENATE SEAT … If YOU re a GOD LOVING CONSERVATIVE! … Call The REPUBLICAN CAMPAIGN PARTY IN ARIZONA! … APPLY TODAY! … As YOU Can SEE!!! … Your BORDER With MEXICO Will Be GONE If The FLOW IS NOT STOPPED IMMEDIATELY. …. AMERICA NEEDS THE REPUBLICANS TO WIN THAT SEAT! … To ENACT STAY IN MEXICO Until Your Immigration Hearing Comes Up…. To FINISH BUILDING THE WALL. … (You Need ZERO EXPERIENCE. Aoc was a bartender?) THE PAY AND BENEFIT ARE AMAZING! … WE THE PEOPLE NEED YOUR HELP! … “YOU” Got My VOTE!

  8. Will be interesting to see who TRUMP picks for her replacement. Bet she is getting some heat from her constituents. Have relatives out there and no one is happy especially over the fraud election.

  9. She needs to retire. She is a Democrat and doing whatever the DNC tell her too even if it is hurting the people in her district and Americans. She is going to get her full salary without ever working for it but at least she won’t be spending your money anymore. Please let a strong Republican run for her Office.

  10. She should step down now–This is the big problem with the democratic/communist party,, They want to break the law–but will not let any one else do it. I thought we live in a democracy. Right now i consider the democratic party –completely illegal–and should be voted out of business. No comment—I served my country honorably–it seems the democratic s do not even know how to serve honorably–all they want –THEIR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY–We should make the party illegal–and not support again until they are legal–right now they are completely illegal under US Law

  11. After seeing how badly Biden has lied to them and the damage he is doing, some will go out and vote for Republicans instead of Democrats.
    In less than 2 months Biden has:
    Been the least transparent President ever.
    Destroyed 100’s of 1000’s of jobs.
    Raised the cost of gas .40 a gallon.
    Encouraged caravans full of illegal aliens to come to America.
    Destroyed our border security.
    Let 1000’s of people with China’s virus into our country, which will kill even more American citizens (of all colors, races, and ethnicities.)
    Gotten us into another war in the Middle East.
    Signed a bill that should have been called “Blue State Bailout” instead of China virus relief, as only 9% went toward anything remotely related to covid relief.
    Had so many ‘dementia moments’ the Democrats won’t let him hold press conferences.

  12. I am wondering if a lot of them are retiring now because they know Trump will get elected in 2024 then Rinos and the deep state will be exposed and charged. leave the barn before it is burned down so to speak. say the dems have a branch that is good at burning things down if I remember right.

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