'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exits

  
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'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exits

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'Serving under Trump is embarrassing': Fifth Republican congressman retires in just two weeks as GOP fears more exits



102b4830-25c0-11e7-a66a-23957430fe89_lat   Conrad Duncan, The Independent   2 hours 38 minutes ago  






The fifth   Republican   congressman in two weeks is set to step down as the GOP reportedly fears a wave of retirements amid ongoing tension in the party over   Donald Trump ’s presidency.

Representative Mike Conaway will not seek re-election to his   Texas   seat in   2020 , according to   Politico , but has not confirmed his decision or his reason for retiring.

However, House Republicans are reportedly worried that the difficulties of serving under Mr Trump and working with a   Democratic   majority in   Congress   will lead to more exits.

“Serving in the era of Trump has few rewards. He has made an already hostile political environment worse,” Tom Davis, a former senior Republican congressman, told   The Hill .

“Every day there is some indefensible tweet or comment to defend or explain. It is exhausting and often embarrassing.”

Mr Conaway, who has served in Congress for 15 years, will join Republican representatives Paul Mitchell, Pete Olson, Martha Roby and Rob Bishop in announcing his retirement.

Mr Mitchell's resignation was spurred by his frustration with partisan fighting and the "rhetoric and vitriol" in US politics, according to   The Hill .

However, he did not explicitly attribute blame to the president.

Ms Roby said she would not vote for Mr Trump in 2016 as his behaviour had been "unacceptable as a candidate for president" but has since improved their relationship and received an endorsement from him in 2018.

The Republican Party is facing a difficult task in reclaiming the House in 2020 after Democrats were victorious in last year’s midterm elections.

Mr Trump’s approval ratings remain low, currently at about 43 per cent on average, and his divisive political agenda could prove costly in congressional elections next year.

Mr Conaway, Mr Mitchell, Ms Roby and Mr Bishop all represent safe Republican districts that are expected to pick GOP candidates in 2020.

However, Mr Olson’s district could be competitive, as the Texas congressman saw his majority cut to 5 per cent in 2018.

Even in safe districts, the prospect of returning to the House in 2020 may be unappealing for many conservative representatives as Democrats are expected to win a majority again next year.

In a general ballot, recent polling has shown Democrats lead Republicans by 5.6 per cent for the 2020 election, according to an average by political analysis website FiveThirtyEight.

All 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election in 2020, along with 34 seats in the   US Senate .









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Tessylo
1  seeder  Tessylo    4 months ago
The Republican Party is facing a difficult task in reclaiming the House in 2020 after Democrats were victorious in last year’s midterm elections.

Mr Trump’s approval ratings remain low, currently at about 43 per cent on average, and his divisive political agenda could prove costly in congressional elections next year.

Mr Conaway, Mr Mitchell, Ms Roby and Mr Bishop all represent safe Republican districts that are expected to pick GOP candidates in 2020.

However, Mr Olson’s district could be competitive, as the Texas congressman saw his majority cut to 5 per cent in 2018.

Even in safe districts, the prospect of returning to the House in 2020 may be unappealing for many conservative representatives as Democrats are expected to win a majority again next year.

In a general ballot, recent polling has shown Democrats lead Republicans by 5.6 per cent for the 2020 election, according to an average by political analysis website FiveThirtyEight.

All 435 voting seats in the House of Representatives will be up for election in 2020, along with 34 seats in the   US Senate .

 
 
 
Tessylo
2  seeder  Tessylo    4 months ago
“Serving in the era of Trump has few rewards. He has made an already hostile political environment worse,” Tom Davis, a former senior Republican congressman, told The Hill. “Every day there is some indefensible tweet or comment to defend or explain. It is exhausting and often embarrassing.”
 
 
 
JohnRussell
3  JohnRussell    4 months ago

Most people think the Republican Party will become extinct sooner rather than later. It's not likely that "moderate" Republicans such as Romney or Kasich will get control of the party and it's message before the extinction takes hold. A "Trump" party will continue to stagger along after he is gone,  raging at normalcy. 

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
4  Paula Bartholomew    4 months ago

The rats are leaving a sinking ship.

 
 
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