There are far too many of these guys resigning… is this because they think the 2018 elections will be a bloodbath for the GOP? I certainly hope not, but experts on both sides are claiming it.
Pennsylvania Congressman Charlie Dent announced Tuesday that after discussions with friends and family, he will resign from Congress over the next few weeks.
“After discussions with my family and careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks,” Dent said in a statement. “It is my intention to continue to aggressively advocate for responsible governance and pragmatic solutions in the coming years.”
Dent is a moderate Republican in the House who voted against the Obamacare repeal last summer and frequently contends with the Trump administration. He previously announced that he would not seek re-election late last year, citing political polarization and a personal limit on his term in Congress as reason why he would not run in the 2018 election cycle.
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced he would not seek re-election in 2018. He stated that he did not want to be a “weekend dad,” and wants to focus more on his family as to why he will not seek re-election.
Dent is the 12th House Republican to announce step down in the face of a potential “blue wave” in the midterms. Three Senate Republicans have also announced they will not seek re-election.