Report: At Least 20 House Republicans Will Not Be Seeking Re-Election In 2020
Rep. Peter King (R-NY), a key ally of President Donald Trump, announced his retirement Monday, becoming the 20th House Republican to retire ahead of the 2020 election, according to Vox.
“The prime reason for my decision was that after 28 years of spending 4 days a week in Washington, D.C., it is time to end the weekly commute and be home in Seaford,” King, 75, wrote in a statement. “There is a season for everything and [my wife] and I decided that, especially since we are both in good health, it is time to have the flexibility to spend more time with our children and grandchildren.”
With his own history of controversial stances, including his support for the Irish Republican Army, his claim that “80 to 85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists,” and blaming Eric Gerner rather than the New York City police officer who killed him for his death, King had reliably been quick to defend Trump.
However, according to the Cook Political Report, King’s Long Island district margin of victory in 2018 was the narrowest it had been in decades. This suggests that a strong Democratic candidate could flip the seat in 2020.
This presents the Democrats with an opportunity to expand their majority in the House while also exacerbating frustrations for House Republicans remaining in the minority.
Republicans are faced with increasing frustrations as the pressures of Trump’s impeachment inquiry grow.
“Did any member of this conference expect that their job would start out every morning trying to go through the list of what’s happening in tweets of the day?” said Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell. “We’re not moving forward right now. We are simply thrashing around.”
“Donald Trump is about Donald Trump, and what Donald Trump is, is he wants to be the center of attention every single day,” said former Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman.