Today it’s Rep. Woodall, who’s next?
In response to Congressman Rob Woodall’s retirement announcement less than two months into the 116th Congress, DCCC spokesperson Cole Leiter released the following statement:
“Just days after the DCCC named Congressman Woodall as a top target on its 2020 battlefield, Woodall threw in the towel rather than attempt to defend his record in Washington of undermining protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and blowing a $1.9 trillion hole in the deficit in order to pay for tax handouts to the ultra-wealthy, while working people foot the bill. This is the 2nd Republican retirement in two months, but as the reality of serving in the minority sets in, we expect these early retirements to be merely the tip of the iceberg.”
February 5, 2019:
RETIREMENT WATCH: GOP Insiders Try to Push Out Rob Woodall after Weak Campaign and Abysmal Fundraising Report
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Republican insiders in Georgia are pressuring Congressman Rob Woodall to “consider his options” after he barely eked out a 433 vote victory in November and posted a deeply unimpressive $8,000(!) raised in his most recent fundraising report.
“After Congressman Woodall’s near-loss last year, it looks like even the party bosses and special interest donors Woodall has spent his career catering to have abandoned him,” said DCCC spokesperson Mike Gwin. “Rob Woodall is one of the DCCC’s top targets in 2020 because Georgians know that after spending decades in Washington looking out for political insiders and the wealthy, Woodall can’t be trusted to stand on the side of middle-class families.”
By Jim Galloway, Greg Bluestein, and Tamar Hallerman
It’s very, very early, but some early fundraising comparisons recently caught our eye.
The nonprofit Issue One, which advocates for campaign finance reform, recently tallied up the post-election fundraising totals of members of Congress in the country’s most competitive swing districts. At the top of the list was the newly elected U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta. At the bottom was another Georgian, U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Lawrenceville.
McBath raised nearly $247,000 between her Nov. 6 election and Dec. 31, nearly double the haul as the second-highest performing lawmaker. Woodall, on the other hand, raised less than $8,000 in that period.
And Woodall, who has never been a big fundraiser and held his Gwinnett-based seat by fewer than 500 votes in November, is being pressured by some Republican officials to consider his options.