Another Democrat decides to quit as potential 2022 Election Day rout approaches

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  3 weeks ago  •  24 comments

Another Democrat decides to quit as potential 2022 Election Day rout approaches
Butterfield, a longtime member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will make the announcement Thursday that he will not be seeking reelection, according to reports. The veteran lawmaker was first elected to represent North Carolina's 1st Congressional District in 2004.

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R ep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., is set to announce his retirement from the House in a move that will deal another blow to Democrats' chances of keeping control of the chamber in the midterm elections.

Butterfield, a longtime member and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will make the announcement Thursday that he will not be seeking reelection,  according to reports . The veteran lawmaker was first elected to represent North Carolina's 1st Congressional District in 2004.

The planned announcement comes two weeks after  North Carolina's  Republican-controlled legislature  passed a new congressional map  that may put Butterfield's typically safe seat within reach of the GOP, with the new districting going from leaning Democratic by seven points to now leaning Democratic by one point, according to the political website FiveThirtyEight.

Democrats have filed a lawsuit over the map, claiming that the new boundary will dilute the influence of black voters in Butterfield's district. Butterfield vowed earlier this month to  continue fighting  for his seat.

"I do plan to run again. I'm going to give it everything that I have," Butterfield told ABC11 at the time.

But those plans have now changed, with sources close to the lawmaker telling WRAL that the new district boundary  played a key role  in his decision to step aside.

Butterfield's planned retirement comes the same week as Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.,  announced their retirements,  adding to a flow of Democratic incumbents that have announced their departure from Congress. A total of 11 Democrats have announced that they will not be seeking reelection in 2022, compared to nine Republicans who plan to retire.

Before being elected to Congress, Butterfield served as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. In addition to being a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, the Democratic lawmaker was a fierce supporter of making healthcare more affordable and making investments in the country's rural communities.

His retirement is another blow to Democrats as the party clings to an already thin majority ahead of next year's midterm elections. Some analysts believe that the GOP is set to  flip at least five seats  due to redistricting alone, the exact number of seats the party would need to flip in order to regain the majority in the chamber.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    3 weeks ago

That brings the total to 14 congressional democrats who aren't even going to bother running next year.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    3 weeks ago

One way to avoid the inevitable defeat embarrassment. TFB

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2  Jeremy Retired in NC    3 weeks ago

They're seeing the coming embarrassment the democrats are in for.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2    3 weeks ago

All we had to do was let them govern from the left. In 2024 we'll have to waste a lot of time reversing all they've done, before we can get to legislation that the country needs.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago

You can see it in the cards. Not even the "big guns" are going to be able to save them from their own stupidity and negligence of what the American people want. To wit, 

R epublican Daniel Rickenmann is the new mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. His victory in the heart of deep blue Richland County comes just months after President Joe Biden won the city with with 71% of the vote . Rickenmann’s victory also comes after his opponent was endorsed by multiple major-league Democrats, including even former President Barack Obama. There was a time when an endorsement from Obama was seen as a major boon to Democratic hopefuls. As it turns out, though, Obama's endorsements have always been more bark than bite.

LMMFAO

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1.2  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago
In 2024 we'll have to waste a lot of time reversing all they've done, before we can get to legislation that the country needs.

Exactly. This administration is a train wreck.

256

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2.1.1    3 weeks ago

They'll need the genius that Mark Zuckerberg used in 2020. I don't know if they can pull the same trick twice.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.4  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1    3 weeks ago

Many on the left wanted the Socialist style government.  That's what we are seeing right now.  And just like every other socialist government, it's failing.  The problem is the left doesn't see the problem.  

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.1.5  Sparty On  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.4    3 weeks ago

Ain't gonna fly in this USA.  

Of course that's why they're trying to change it into the type of Banana Republic they seem to admire so much.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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2.1.6  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.4    3 weeks ago
The problem is the left doesn't see the problem. 

And Ronald Reagan said it best.......................

"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they're ignorantit's just that they know so much that isn't so.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.7  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.4    3 weeks ago
The problem is the left doesn't see the problem.  

They think everyone thinks like them. They do know they're cooked, so now it's a mad dash to push through all their insane policies.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  Sparty On @2.1.5    3 weeks ago

Like JR said, it's Bizarro World with you all.  An alternate reality.  A world of projection, deflection, and denial.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.9  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.8    3 weeks ago

Keep watching the elections.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.10  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.1.7    3 weeks ago
They think everyone thinks like them.

Its like that annoying kid that, when everybody finally gets tired of their shit and finally lays into them, they love the attention but fail to realize what is actually happening.

so now it's a mad dash to push through all their insane policies.

And none of it good.  Everything from attempting to alter the supreme courts to destroying the economy.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.1.11  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @2.1.10    3 weeks ago
Its like that annoying kid that, when everybody finally gets tired of their shit and finally lays into them

LMAO....Great analogy!

 
 
 
Sparty On
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2.1.12  Sparty On  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.8    3 weeks ago
it's Bizarro World with you all.  An alternate reality.  A world of projection, deflection, and denial.  

Stop looking in the mirror

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1.13  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Sparty On @2.1.12    3 weeks ago

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Tessylo
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3  Tessylo    3 weeks ago

Before 'we' can get to legislation that the country needs?  God forbid we get a republican 'president' - shudder - 'we' will have just finished cleaning up all their messes at that point.  God help us if a republican becomes 'president' come 2024.  Us decent folks will be in for a real shit show.  

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Tessylo @3    3 weeks ago
  Us decent folks

Lol

 
 
 
Sparty On
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3.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1    3 weeks ago

I know, that sure puts the "D" in TDS.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

Hannity wants the incoming Republican congress to take a pledge to America First and Law & Order.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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3.1.3  Sparty On  replied to  Vic Eldred @3.1.2    3 weeks ago

That's good but they shouldn't have to ..... because they already do  take that oath.

Politicians just somehow forget that along the way.  

If they took their oath as seriously as most folks who join the military take it, we wouldn't need to require another pledge.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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3.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.3    3 weeks ago
If they took their oath as seriously as most folks who join the military take it, we wouldn't need to require another pledge.

I couldn't agree more!

 
 
 
Sparty On
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4  Sparty On    3 weeks ago

Rats do tend to know when their ship is sinking

 
 
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