Democrats are facing a challenging 2022 environment.
And one bombshell piece of retirement news shook Nancy Pelosi to her core.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler is a key Nancy Pelosi lieutenant.
During the Ukraine impeachment hoax Nadler’s committee helped stage the kangaroo court where Democrats steamrolled over due process and minority rights to pass partisan articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.
But now – thanks to Joe Biden’s failures on inflation, COVID, the southern border and Afghanistan – Democrats face a perilous path to hang on to their majority in the House of Representatives.
If there is one thing senior members of the House like Jerry Nadler hate it is serving a member of the minority in the House of Representatives.
That’s because the House is a majority rules institution.
And with the prospect of voters sending Democrats into the minority in 2022, Nadler is looking at the exits.
The New York Post exclusively reports:
Rep. Jerry Nadler, a liberal warhorse who has represented Manhattan’s West Side in Congress since 1992, may pack it in at the end of his current term, insiders tell The Post.
“People are wondering when he would decide to retire,” said one associate, who noted that Democrats could lose control of the House of Representatives next year, with Nadler facing a prolonged future in the minority.
“He has a fighting spirit but maybe now is the time to exit,” the insider added.
A second person around Nadler said the congressman has refused to give a straight answer when the subject comes up. Nadler, like every member of the House, would be up for reelection in the 2022 midterms. He is unlikely to face a serious primary.
Nadler hinting at retirement is not surprising.
Pundits expect a wave of retirement announcements from prominent Democrats.
The latest ABC/Washington Post poll found Republicans holding their largest lead over Democrats in the history of the poll on the question of which party Americans want to see in charge of Congress.
“As things stand, if the midterm elections were today, 51 percent of registered voters say they’d support the Republican candidate in their congressional district, 41 percent the Democrat,” ABC News reported. “That’s the biggest lead for the Republicans in 110 ABC/Post polls to ask this question since November 1981. Indeed, it’s only the second time the GOP has held a statistically significant advantage (the other was +7 points in January 2002) and the ninth time it’s held any numerical edge at all.”
That a senior member like Nadler is seriously considering retirement is not only bad news for Democrats in 2022.
A Nadler retirement would also mean top Democrats do not see the party regaining the majority in the House of Representatives anytime soon.
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