Say Goodbye to Another GOP Congressman
This time it’s Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), as first reported by Roll Call. He becomes the 29th Republican this term to retire from the House. As we seem to always hear when someone leaves public office, he wants to “spend more time with his family.”
But could there be another reason why he (along with so many other Republicans) are jumping ship?
From The New York Times:
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“I just looked at where we are,” he said at a news conference at a volunteer fire station in Williamsville, a village just northeast of Buffalo. “I had time to reflect on the State Senate seat in the north country and Congressman Hastert’s seat in Illinois.”
He was referring to the recent Democratic victories in elections to fill posts that had long been in Republican hands. In New York, a Democrat, Darrel J. Aubertine, defeated the Republican, William A. Barclay, for a State Senate seat had had been Republican for more than a century. In Illinois, a Democrat, Bill Foster, won election to the House seat vacated by J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker. Mr. Hastert, a Republican, had held the seat for two decades.
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