Rep. Nadler dismisses rumors, asserts intention to seek re-election

Even as an increasing number of Democratic lawmakers announce their decision not to run for re-election, at least one prominent congressman is shooting down rumors of his retirement.

According to Breitbart, U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) made it clear this week that he intends to seek another term in Congress next year.

Nadler shoots down rumors

Speculation has swirled in recent weeks regarding his future after the New York Post cited sources who indicated that he “may pack it in at the end of his current term.”

The outlet went on to reference one insider who said that the legislator “has refused to give a straight answer” regarding his future plans.

In response, Nadler dismissed such rumors as “crap.”

Although Republicans are widely expected to regain control of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections, Nadler’s seat is in a heavily Democratic district and he should easily be re-elected. Nevertheless, reports have suggested that leaders in his party, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), would rather retire than serve in a minority capacity.

Another reason some insiders believed Nadler was on his way out involves multiple health concerns in recent years.

“It’s time for me to pass the baton”

In 2019, he nearly fainted during a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and was rushed to the hospital. He later blamed that incident on a “very warm” room in which he became “obviously dehydrated.”

Nadler also underwent gastric bypass surgery nearly 20 years ago.

As for whether he will officially throw his hat in the ring next year, pundits and his constituents will have to wait and see. After all, telling a reporter that he intends to run is one thing and actually making an official announcement is another.

With the political landscape still uncertain, it could be that he is biding his time to see how things play out as the midterm election approaches before providing a firm decision one way or the other.

Earlier this week, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), who serves as chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, became the latest in his party to announce that he will not seek re-election, Bloomberg reported. After spending nearly four decades in the chamber, he said: “It’s time for me to pass the baton to the next generation so I can focus on my health and well-being.”

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