Campaign 2010

Jan 07, 2014

Reviews Are In: The “Exodus of Moderate Republicans From Congress” Continues

When Congressman Jim Gerlach (PA-06) announced his retirement yesterday he marked the twelfth House Republican to either retire or resign from office this cycle in what US News has called an “exodus of moderates.”  Many of these retirements come from what the Associated Press called the “shrinking number of Republican moderates in the House” who are leaving from toss-up districts and are expanding the 2014 battlefield. They’ve decided it’s better to retire than try to defend this indefensible Republican Congress’s reckless dysfunction that is hurting the middle class and failing to create jobs.

You have to ask yourself: if you were a member of this dysfunctional Tea Party Republican Congress, wouldn’t you want to jump ship too?

  • US News: “Jim Gerlach Adds to Exodus of Moderate Republicans From Congress.”
  • NY Times: “Mr. Gerlach joined a steady trickle of Republican retirements and resignations, including Representatives Jon Runyan of New Jersey, Tom Latham of Iowa, Frank R. Wolf of Virginia and Tim Griffin of Arkansas, whose seats could now be in play. In all, 12 House Republicans have announced that they are stepping down, either immediately or at the end of the year.” 
  • National Journal: “Add one more name to the ever-growing list of moderate House GOP retirements. […]His decision marks the fourth time this cycle that a moderate House Republican has unexpectedly announced his retirement, a development sure to reinforce perceptions that the House GOP's centrist wing is in steep decline.”
  • Wall Street Journal: “Mr. Gerlach is the latest centrist lawmaker to announce retirement plans.  Reps. Tom Latham (R., Iowa) and Frank Wolf (R., Va.)—also center-leaning legislators—announced they would not seek re-election last month after 10 and 17 terms, respectively.”
  • NBC News: “Moreover, Gerlach's decision to retire adds to the ranks of moderate Republicans to announce their decision to leave Congress at their current terms.”
  • Washington Post: “Gerlach is the ninth House Republican to announce he won't seek reelection and the fifth from a competitive district.”
  • AP: “Pennsylvania Rep. Jim Gerlach, one of a shrinking number of Republican moderates in the House, has announced he will retire from Congress at the end of his term.”
  • Roll Call: “Rep. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2014, marking yet another moderate House Republican to leave Congress.”
  • Politico: “It’s the third retirement in less than a month that has imperiled a GOP-held seat. In December, Republican Reps. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Tom Latham (R-Iowa) announced that they were vacating swing districts.”

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