Kevin McCarthy Predicts More Democrats Will Jump Ship as 2022 Looms
'Smart Democrats are fleeing Congress as fast as humanly possible'
House GOP leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy has predicted there will be more House Democrats opting for retirement ahead of the 'uphill battle' looming with the 2022 midterm elections.
Neon Nettle reported that Reps. David Prince (D-NC) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) opted to retire and will not seek reelection in 2022.
The news came after fellow Democrat, and House Budget Committee chair Rep. John Yarmuth of Kentucky also announced his retirement.
The number of House Democrats retiring rather than running for reelection in 2022 is now growing, with another five seeking statewide or other offices rather than remaining in the House under Joe Biden.
McCarthy told Fox News in a recent interview:
“Once you get past Thanksgiving and members go home, and they’re Democrats, and they’ve been challenged before, and they’re going to get beat up, Congress is not that great."
Mike Berg, a spokesman for the National Republican Congressional Committee, said:
“Smart Democrats are fleeing Congress as fast as humanly possible because they know Democrats’ majority is coming to an end."
“Not all retirements mean the same thing," said Jesse Ferguson, who has served with the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
"These Democrats who retire from safe seats don’t impact the path to hold the majority."
In order for Republicans to regain the majority, they only need to flip five seats.
Meanwhile, speculation has been growing surrounding Nancy Pelosi's own potential retirement.
Pelosi said that her “leadership” for the reconciliation bill “was a culmination of my service in Congress because it was about the children.”
When a reporter inquired about Pelosi’s use of the word “culmination," she responded:
"Get out of here,” Pelosi said as she appeared to dismiss the speculation.
"The exchange exemplified Pelosi’s other comments about her potential retirement: a hint, chased with a heavy dose of uncertainty,” The Guardian noted.
"Despite her previous promises to fellow House Democrats, it remains unclear whether Pelosi will step down as speaker at the end of this term.”