RED WAVE INCOMING: 26th Democrat Retires Ahead of Midterm Elections

A GOP majority is looking more and more likely.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO), an eight term congressman from Colorado’s 7th congressional district, has announced he will not seek re-election. 

“I think some new perspectives would be good for the Congress,” Perlmutter, 68, said in an interview with The Denver Post Monday. “We built a good bench of qualified leaders. They want to take on more responsibility. You want new leadership to rise.”

That may be true, Ed, but 25 of your Democratic colleagues are retiring, as well. The 2022 midterms are shaping up to be a blowout, with Republicans likely to take back control of the House.

“Some Democrats are leaving because they are seeking higher office, as is the the case with Reps Tim Ryan of Ohio and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, who are running for Senate,” reports Eric Garcia, of the Independent. “Reps Tom Suozzi of New York and Charlie Crist of Florida are running for governor in their states, while Anthony Brown of Maryland is running for Attorney General. Meanwhile Karen Bass is running for mayor of Los Angeles.”

“Other retirements are a product of the fact that Democratic leadership is largely older. Peter DeFazio, House Transportation Committee chairman, is 74. Bobby Rush of Illinois, a former Black Panther, is 75, and has had cancer. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas is 86 and chairwoman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee.”

That’s a lot of Dems heading for the exits.