June 25, 2021

Republican Congressman abruptly announces early retirement ahead of election

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA) just announced on Friday that he will resign from Congress before his term officially ends in November.

Graves revealed that he has chosen to cut his term short a month ahead of time because “it just doesn’t seem right to kill time on the taxpayer dime” as Congress heads into a long recess in October.

“With the House planning to wrap up the People’s business and the final report from the Modernization Committee set to be filed in the next few weeks, I intend to step down from Congress and begin the next chapter of life in October,” Graves said in a statement.

“Congress is going into a long recess and my committee work will be complete. In short, my work will be done.”

Graves was originally elected in 2009 after predecessor Nathan Deal resigned in order to run for governor of Georgia. Graves announced in December 2019 that he would opt against running for re-election at the end of his fourth term, saying that it’s time to “pass the baton.”

Graves’s seat in Georgia’s 14th district is strongly Republican, though the race to replace Graves has received significant media attention due to Republican successor Marjorie Taylor Greene’s controversial campaign.

Greene’s support for the QAnon conspiracy theory has drawn much criticism from many on the right and the left, but  Democratic challenger Kevin Van Ausdal announced on Friday that he will suspend his campaign, essentially guaranteeing Greene’s victory.

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19 Responses

    1. So who is going to replace this Republican Congressman? If Georgia thinks it’s going to be very easy to replace Tom with a Republican….they may want to plan this out more specifically…just sayin’….

  1. Thank you for your honesty, Mr. Graves. It’s unfortunate that all your colleagues across the aisle aren’t that honest.

  2. that is why the country is going to hell in a hand basket. all the honorable congressmen are at the age to retire, and the up-coming group has no idea what the word means. the greatest generation was just that. my generation, their children, were also instilled with courage, integrity, honor, and devotion to country. we were not taught anything but right and wrong. there is no middle ground. we were taught respect for ourselves and others. that is what is wrong with America now. the demise of the family unit, the rise of unwed mothers seen as admirable, loss of self-respect, awarding of “participation” trophies, lack of prayer in schools and homes, and teachers who have their own diabolical agenda, are just the tip of the iceberg. the Hollywood “stars” all trying to outdo each other with outlandish behaviors and thoughts, the rise of “alphabet” descriptions for aberrant behaviors also can take credit for the demise of America. we who are still alive, and who cling to conservative ideals are fast becoming the minority.

  3. Rep. Graves leading by example. The only way term limits will happen is by electing people like Graves. Folks that promise to work for 2 to 4 terms and then leave. That’s what the Founders intended. Thank you Congressman Graves and Best of Wishes on the next chapter of your life.

  4. Conservatives are not the minority. We’re just too quiet and reserved to act like the fools on the left. You have to understand that our country has been I filtrated quietly and slowly for over 40 years while WE say by and watched it happen. This is the result of our being respectful of others opinions and not watching out for what they’ve been doing all this time. It is time for us to step up speak up and be more proactive. We’re in a war from within. It may be too late and this will turn into a shooting war, instead of am idealogical war. We’re losing this fight for our youths hearts and souls. We as the older generation need to get more involved into the lives of our youths, not just our kids and grandkids.

  5. Hey folks forgive me for not proof reading my comments for spelling. Hopefully the message isn’t lost on a few misspelled words

  6. I reallyworry about the Marxists in schools/media and politics..BLM is a COMMUNIST thug group that b.s. people about their objective..they want to destroy America.They have brainwashed companies/sports and unfortunately, many of our young citizens. The Dem’s go along with their evil and blame Trump and hope people agree with their B.S..The Dem’s have become the COMMUNIST party. We need to pray that America will remain America after November election.

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