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Everyone in Washington is walking around on pins and needles.
It’s especially stressful on the left.
And what three Democrats told Nancy Pelosi left everyone on edge.
As Black Eye Politics reports:
Republicans just need to gain five seats to win a majority in the House in the midterm elections.
It was bad news for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi when three Democrats announced they would not be seeking reelection to the House of Representatives within 24 hours.
Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and Chairwoman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing immigration issues, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA), announced they would not run for reelection on Monday.
Sires was the first Democrat of the day to announce that he will retire after his term in the House is finished.
The 70-year-old retiree’s district is solidly blue but the Legislative Redistricting Commission considers new maps.
Sires is close to Pelosi and his voting record is completely aligned with hers, voting with Pelosi 100 percent of the time.
Murphy was the second one to announce her departure when she told Politico, “It’s been a real honor for me to serve in Congress, but it does come at a personal sacrifice. My time away has been hard on my family and my kids and on me.”
The redistricting map waiting to be approved by the Florida legislature would make considerable changes to her seat but Murphy told Politico that her decision was not solely based on her reelection chances.
“I think I could win in every one of the maps that has been proposed,” she claimed.
While in Congress Murphy has voted with Pelosi 95 percent of the time.
Roybal-Allard was the third on Monday when she announced that she had no reelection intentions. “Serving my Constituents in Congress has been the single most distinguished honor of my life,” she said in a statement. “While I will not be seeking reelection in 2022, I look forward to continue to work for the people of my district in the new year and long after I leave public office.”
In November, Roybal-Allard voiced her dissatisfaction with the redistricting commission’s proposed map in California. Roybal-Allard said that she has “concerns about the protections of Voting Rights [Act] districts” after seeing the current draft map, claiming that she worried the map was “diluting of the vote in our Latino communities.”
During her time in Congress, Roybal-Allard has voted with Pelosi 100 percent of the time in the current Congress to help pass the Democrats’ agenda.
In total twenty-three Democrats are choosing not to run for reelection.