House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy predicted there would be more —and here they are.
According to RollCall.com, Rhode Island Rep. Jim Langevin and California Rep. Jerry McNerney announced their retirements within minutes of each other; that’s 28 Democrats now not running for re-election.
Only six Republicans have announced plans to retire.
“With failed records on every front, it’s no surprise Democrats are flooding the exits,” said Calvin Moore, communications director of the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC aligned with Republican House leadership.
Langevin wrote a letter to The Providence Journal, saying it was time to “chart a new course” that would allow him to stay closer to friends and family.
He also released a video on Twitter:
McNerney didn’t provide a reason, but made his announcement on Twitter:
“Today I am announcing that I will not seek reelection in California’s newly created 9th Congressional District.”
“I am honored that the citizens of California’s 9th Congressional District chose me as their representative in the past five elections, and that those in California’s previous 11th Congressional District gave me the privilege of representing them for three terms.”