Announced retirement of 12-term Dem rep helps GOP push toward House majority


Democrats show every sign of believing that their majority in the House of Representatives will vanish after the 2022 midterms. The latest indicator also helps make that assessment come true. Rep. Ron Kind, a 12-term Democrat congressman representing Western Wisconsin’s Third District, has announced his retirement. According to Just The News, which broke the story: “The truth is I’ve run out of gas,” Kind told reporters in La Crosse. The congressman is being euphemistic. It’s no fun being in the House minority, and when members of the majority party sense a turnover, large numbers of them typically retire. Because incumbents tend to get re-elected, such retirements accelerate the looming turnover. Democrats close to Kind said he acknowledged his reelection would be tougher this year, with Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL, seeking a rematch. The GOP candidate raised a whopping $750,000 last quarter, outpacing the incumbent. Still, Democratic lawmakers and strategists had expected Kind — who serves on the coveted Ways and Means panel — to run again. The GOP needs to turn over five House seats to gain the majority. Kind has just all but gotten them closer to that.

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