House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) managed to retain a slim majority on Capitol Hill after November’s election, but signs continue to point to a GOP takeover when voters head to the polls next year.
Democrats hoping to see their party retain control following the upcoming midterm elections received their latest blow this week when Rep. Anthony Brown (D-MD) announced his intention to step down from the House.
“Too many barriers exist for too many Marylanders”
Reports indicate that Brown plans to launch a bid for his state’s attorney general.
The lawmaker currently represents Maryland’s 4th congressional district, succeeding fellow Democrat Donna Edwards in 2016.
He revealed his intentions in an interview on Monday, explaining: “Now it’s time, particularly with [Maryland Attorney General Brian Frost’s] retirement, to make sure the people of Maryland are well served with the chief legal officer.”
Citing the “important responsibility” that comes with the position, Brown indicated that he is “looking forward” to the opportunity to fill the role himself.
“Sure, we’ve made progress over the years, but too many barriers exist for too many Marylanders, from health care and housing to the environment and education to workplaces, policing and the criminal justice system,” he explained.
“House Democrats are going to lose their majority”
Although the district is considered a safe seat for Democrats, his departure — along with several others preceding it — might be interpreted as evidence that his party is increasingly doubtful that they will retain power during the next session.
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesperson Mike Berg seized on that perception in a statement of his own, declaring: “Anthony Brown made the smart decision to seek a different office because House Democrats are going to lose their majority.”
As Fox News reported, two other representatives — Reps. David Price (D-NC) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) — have recently made similar decisions.
Speculation has long circulated that Pelosi’s current term will be her last, though she acknowledged during a recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper that her final decision has not yet been made.
As she explained on Sunday, the 81-year-old speaker will “probably” seek another term next year, but plans to reserve an official statement on the matter until after she has consulted with her family.