Centrist GOP Reps. Charlie Dent (Pa.) and Dave Reichert (Wash.) both announced last week that they would not seek reelection, opening up districts that were expected to be tougher for Democrats to flip given their status as strong longtime incumbents.
Mr. Trott told the press:
“Our country’s Founding Fathers envisioned a government where citizens leave private life, serve for a brief time, and then return home to their communities. This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector.”
The Cook political reporter had marked the Congressman's seat as "leaning Republican" but now it is marked as a "toss-up"
The Democratic Congressional Committee wasted no time trashing the Congressman.
“The only thing that Congressman Dave Trott has to show for himself this Congress is his vote to rip away healthcare and increase costs for thousands of his constituents, and his retirement is a tell-tale sign that running for re-election in Paul Ryan’s do-nothing Congress would have been an uphill climb not worth the effort," DCCC spokeswoman Rachel Irwin said.