Two more longtime House democrats have decided to hang up their boots ahead of the 2022 mid-term elections.
This deals a major blow to Nancy Pelosi as she hopes to somehow cling to power next year.
Democrat representatives Mike Doyle (Pennsylvania) and David Price (North Carolina) both announced on Monday that they will not seek re-election.
House dems have already lost several incumbents to retirement during the current cycle, leaving many to wonder if they are simply abandoning ship before the expected “Red Wave” in 2022.
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This makes seven retirees ahead of next November’s mid-terms.
Currently, the GOP needs to flip just 5 seats in the House in order to win back the majority.
This would end the reign of terror of current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Hill has more on the sixth and seventh democrat retirees ahead of 2022, which they believe are “safe Democratic seats:”
Two long-serving House Democrats, Reps. David Price (N.C.) and Mike Doyle (Pa.), announced Monday that they won’t seek reelection next year.
The two retirements come after House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) also announced last week that he won’t seek reelection.
Price and Doyle, as well as Yarmuth, represent safe Democratic seats that aren’t expected at this point to be competitive in next year’s midterm elections.
Both men are retiring after several decades in the House.
Doyle claimed that it was time for the next generation to take over:
“I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation.”
Our friends at the Epoch Times have more details:
Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) and David Price (D-N.C.) plan to retire at the end of their term in 2022, adding more names to a growing list of Democratic retirees.
Doyle has been in the House of Representatives since he was first elected in 1994.
Doyle came in just as Democrats’ stranglehold on the lower chamber, which they had held since 1955, was slipping. Doyle was elected by constituents of Pennsylvania’s 18th district, a seat in Congress previously held by Republican Rick Santorum before mounting a successful Senate bid the same year, centered in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh—one of Democrats’ few achievements in the otherwise disappointing election.
Doyle has been returned to office every term since then, and he has often run unopposed or with little opposition. In the election of 2002, Doyle moved from the 18th district to the 14th; In 2019, he returned once again to eastern Pittsburgh’s suburbs.
Doyle thanked his constituents while making the announcement, saying, “I stood by the people of Pittsburgh and they stood by me, sending me back to represent them 13 additional terms.”
He continued, “I have no doubt they would do it again today if I were announcing my intention to seek reelection in 2022. But I believe the time has come to pass the torch to the next generation.”
With all of these democrats retiring, 2022 just got a whole lot more interesting.
Nancy Pelosi certainly cannot be comfortable about their chances next year.