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Mon Sep 30, 2019, 09:59 AM

 

Another Texas Republican announces retirement.

Just announced as Breaking on MSNBC.

https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/state-regional/rep-mac-thornberry-announces-he-will-not-seeking-re-election/

Seems odd that it's a huge chunk of Texas Republicans that are retiring. Are their internal polls showing something?

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Reply Another Texas Republican announces retirement. (Original post)
OliverQ Sep 2019 OP
dalton99a Sep 2019 #1
Gothmog Sep 2019 #2
NewJeffCT Sep 2019 #3
blogslut Sep 2019 #4
dalton99a Sep 2019 #6
blogslut Sep 2019 #7
gratuitous Sep 2019 #5
struggle4progress Sep 2019 #8
mfcorey1 Sep 2019 #9

Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:01 AM

1. Texas is turning blue, and they know it

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:02 AM

2. Texedous continues

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:02 AM

3. My guess

that a lot of those suburban and more moderate Republicans were hurt financially by the Trump/Ryan tax scam and are upset - Texas has no income tax, but the wealthy/upscale suburbs around Dallas and Houston have high property taxes to pay for the good schools and many of them got tagged by the SALT limit.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:05 AM

4. This is a big deal

It really is. Thornberry. TX 13th. Ya'll just have no idea.

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Response to blogslut (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:09 AM

6. Yep. He has a safe seat.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:14 AM

7. I know people like to say they live in the reddest district

But Thornberry actually, factually, represents theee reddest district in the nation, per the Cook Partisan Voting Index:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas%27s_13th_congressional_district

Dude's been a congressman for 25 years.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:06 AM

5. Being in the minority in the House is no fun

You don't get the nice offices, you can't call committee or subcommittee meetings, even Fox waits a few days before returning your calls, and then the answer is "Sorry." There's probably a different (stated) reason for each of these retirements, but at root I'd say it's because Republicans aren't running the House and calling the shots anymore. It's frustrating, your political adversaries have you outnumbered and outvoted, the folks back home are upset that you're not doing more (some of them might realize you can't to anything more, but it works out the same way), and everywhere you turn your party is getting beat up.

Some of them are, for sure, in districts where the demographic is changing, and not for the better. Might as well get while the getting's good and start collecting that pension.

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:16 AM

8. "I want to have a lower profile when everybody realizes what's been going on"

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Response to OliverQ (Original post)

Mon Sep 30, 2019, 10:28 AM

9. Adieu

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