Another prominent Democrat eyes retirement from House: Report

It looks like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will have an even harder time holding on to her Democratic majority in the House after next year’s midterms.

Sources told the New York Post that Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) is the latest lawmaker to consider retiring after his current term, rather than risk going back to being in the minority party.

“He has a fighting spirit but maybe now is the time to exit,” one insider told the Post of the current House Judiciary Committee chairman.

Another source said that Nadler has refused to give a straight answer when asked about his future plans.

Eyeing retirement?

Nadler is 74 and has served in the House since 1992, according to the Post. He almost collapsed in 2019 at a press conference and had to miss part of former President Donald Trump’s 2020 impeachment trial because of his wife’s battle with pancreatic cancer.

Sources told the Post that recently, he can hardly walk. A move to the minority may be more than he can take at this point in his life and career.

As one source said, “How much more can he get done” at this point? Not much, if the Republicans take over, as seems increasingly likely.

Nadler is not the only prominent Democrat being cagey about retiring next year. Pelosi herself has waffled about it when asked and said she will be talking to her family about her options before making a decision, as Politico notes.

Dems dodge the question

Nadler’s obvious replacement would be New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who just lost out on a bid to be mayor of the Big Apple and is looking for a new challenge. Stringer voiced support for Nadler’s re-election, however.

“I am excited to work on the campaign to re-elect Congressman Nadler in 2022. We need his voice and clout in Congress like never before,” he said in response to the retirement rumors, according to the Post.

One could hardly expect less than such posturing from a Democratic politician. Stringer’s tune will quickly change if Nadler does decide to retire.

While it would be satisfying to see Nadler, Pelosi, and other obnoxious Democrats — Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), anyone? — in the minority in 2023, no one on the Republican side will be too broken up if they just retire and fade into obscurity, either.

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