House Democrats appear to face increasingly long odds of retaining their slim majority after next year’s midterm elections.
For his part, U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced on Tuesday that he would not be seeking re-election.
According to the Daily Caller, the moderate Democrat represents a rural Wisconsin swing district, which former President Donald Trump won twice.
Kind was first elected to Congress in 1996 and went on to win re-election by wide margins in subsequent elections. Last year, however, he narrowly came out on top against GOP challenger Derrick Van Orden.
As Politico’s report concluded, his decision not to seek another term deals a “gutting blow” to fellow Democrats hoping to hang on to a House majority.
Of course, the prospects of retaining the seat for another term seemed to be getting bleaker since Van Orden launched another campaign and had even been raising more money than the incumbent.
The congressman’s decision means there will be an open seat in a district that has trended toward Republicans. He is not the first relatively moderate Democrat to opt against defending a swing district, which could signal a troubling trend for the party.
“Run out of gas”
Others who have already announced their exit from Congress include Reps. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ), and Conor Lamb (D-PA). In Lamb’s case, he has confirmed a bid to represent Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate.
Kind sits on the influential Ways and Means Committee and has not ruled out the possibility of seeking higher office. A growing number of Democrats have joined the race to challenge Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) for his seat.
According to WXOW, Kind announced his decision during a press conference he held on Tuesday in front of the elementary school he attended as a child. He announced his first campaign for public office in the 1990s from the same location.
This week, he expressed gratitude to supporters and explained that he had simply “run out of gas.”
As Breitbart noted, there was also a particular scandal that has been dogging the congressman. The controversy stems from a commercial property he owns that is currently occupied by a massage parlor allegedly linked to prostitution and sex trafficking.