Pelosi loyalist Rep. Bustos announces retirement from Congress following end of current term

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) only has a slim margin of control over the House of Representatives, and now one of her most loyal Democratic members is looking to bail out at the end of the current term.

Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), who was first elected in 2012 and recently served as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), has announced that she won’t be seeking reelection for another term in 2022, Breitbart reported.

Retirement announcement

The congresswoman announced her decision to not seek reelection in a video posted to social media on Friday.

Bustos noted that it was a “new decade” that deserved a “new voice” representing her constituents in Congress. She also made it clear that she would serve out the remainder of this term and hinted at a continued future in politics, albeit without any details.

Targeted for defeat by Republicans

Bustos’ district has been trending toward Republicans in recent election cycles, with former President Donald Trump winning it in both 2016 and 2020, Breitbart reported. In fact, Bustos barely hung onto her seat in the 2020 election.

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), counterpart to the DCCC that Bustos used to chair, targeted the Illinois congresswoman as a vulnerable Democratic incumbent who was ripe to be defeated in the 2022 midterm elections.

In a statement in response to the news of her impending retirement, NRCC spokesman Mike Berg said, “Cheri Bustos made the right decision to retire rather than face defeat in 2022.”

District could be carved to help Democrats

The Washington Examiner noted that the congresswoman had very nearly lost the House majority for Speaker Pelosi in the 2020 elections during her tenure as chair of the DCCC, given that Democrats had been predicted to expand their majority but instead barely held on for one of the slimmest margins of control in history.

The congresswoman’s retirement also throws an interesting curveball into the redistricting process in Illinois following the Census-driven reapportionment of representatives that saw the state lose a seat in Congress in the upcoming term.

With Bustos out of the way, the Democrat-controlled state legislature, which was already expected to engage in partisan gerrymandering while redrawing the district map, could carve up Bustos’ district in a way that shifts the predominately Democratic areas to other safe Democratic districts while forcing Republicans to fight among each other for the redder areas of that district.

Bustos is now the third Democratic member of the House to announce upcoming retirement, joining Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Filemon Vela (D-TX).

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4 Responses

  1. Good riddance. Pelosi needs to retire also. I would care less if I read in the paper that Pelosi was term limited by a good terminal case of coronavirus, got cirrhosis of the liver from drinking, or got run over by a drunk/drugged driver…

  2. YEA, Nancy needs to retire to the old Ball and Chain Gang! See how far her big mouth gets her there.

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  4. Another Democrat bites the dust. Now if we could just get rid of two of the most hated democrats ever which is Nancy Pelosi and Maxine Waters that would go a long way towards repairing this country

  5. I red such funny comnenth where Nancy Pelosi could get into serious trouble… Personally I am not revengeful person, however I remember all false
    accusations, her vicious attacks against our Great Predident Donald Trump, and I could not stand this… Corruption grew up and ripe for the harvest. It is about time to reap fruits of wickedness, and throw into the fire!
    What happened in 2020 overcame any imaginations, and fraudulant election that get stolen turned things upside down, and there was no rescue way since corruption get so strong, financial multi million dollars bribes twisting even our jurisdiction that could not stand for Donald Trump, refusing RECOUNT of ballots, justify electorial college, and all anomaly at wide scale turned High Tech, Media, against the Truth, condoning Americans, that are rooted in Christian values, that was the core of the Constitutional laws and orders for centuries.
    We know the TRUTH and our duty is exposing lies, trators, bring justice, and restore our Country back where it belongs. IN GOD WE TRUST and under Divine provision all things are possible. We need to stick together, work consistently on restoration, that require courage and strength and perseverance.
    Created diversion has roots of corruption in foreign false ideologies, and it cannot continue. I do believe, that we have in our Government pure souls, that love God and this Country and will perform well, standing firmly in defending our values. I keep all people of good will in my prayers, that they get enlighten to be a good Stewards. Specially those on the Capitol Hill, and our formal President Donald Trump that is a good fighter, and defender of THE TRUTH.
    Certainly all of you that stand against lowlesdness and corruption have support of Americans!

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