Dems’ retirement crisis escalates after Florida lawmaker makes announcement

Many observers from both sides of the political aisle have predicted that Democrats will incur substantial losses in next year’s midterm elections, and some lawmakers have seemingly decided to retire rather than face the wrath of the voting public.

The latest to do so is Florida Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D), who just announced that she will not be seeking another term, leaving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in an even bigger mess than she’s already facing. 

Murphy represents Florida’s 7th congressional district, and according to the Washington Examiner, she released a statement Monday explaining her decision to call it quits.

Family considerations

“These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging,” the departing congresswoman said.

“Public service is not without personal sacrifice,” Murphy added. “And as a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard.”

“So, I wanted to share with you that I will not be seeking another term as your representative in Congress,” the Democratic lawmaker concluded.

The Examiner noted that Murphy’s departure was welcomed by National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) spokeswoman Camille Gallo.

“Between Build Back Better collapsing and an unmitigated retirement crisis, this is truly Democrats’ nightmare before Christmas,” Gallo said in a statement.

Bad polls for Biden

Murphy’s move to retire may have been prompted in part by redistricting plans that could result in her having to confront a more conservative electorate. However, another likely factor is President Joe Biden’s lagging poll numbers.

FiveThirtyEight gives him an aggregate approval rating of just 43.6%. Some surveys have the president doing even worse: A Marist poll released this week showed that only 42% of registered voters expressed approval over how Biden is handling his job, compared with 55% who said they disapproved.

The president received particularly low marks from independent voters, of whom only 29% indicated approval of Biden’s performance.

Biden is also performing poorly with Hispanics, with just 33% viewing him positively. Those figures should leave those on the left feeling concerned as Hispanic voters have traditionally been considered a Democrat-leaning demographic, a crucial voting bloc to secure.

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