Cheri Bustos’s retiring from Congress; Hari-kari or canary in the coal mine?

Insufferable on the way out — her statement leads with how she is a servant. Commentary excerpt via TownHall follow video.  Our comments follow TownHall

Cheri Bustos Announces Retirement From Congress After Leading House Democrats To Defeat In November

Illinois Democrat Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced Friday she will not run for re-election next year after serving a decade in the lower chamber.
“Today, I’m announcing I will not seek reelection after completing this term,” Bustos said in a video statement. “I feel it’s time for a new voice.”

Bustos, the voice who chaired the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) last cycle lost the Democrats 15 seats in November, putting Republicans just five seats away from reclaiming the House majority in the next election cycle. The president’s party historically fares poorly in the new administration’s first midterms. Democrats expected gains rather than losses last fall.

The districts populist blue-collar and pro-Trump demeanor (subject to the Dem machine in other races) indicates the possibility she might face primary opposition and lose to a concerted Republican effort  . . .

Bustos’ upcoming exit puts Illinois’ 17th Congressional District in play next year with no incumbent with a D+3 rating on the Cook Partisan Voter Index, a moderate score. President Barack Obama carried the district handily in 2012 by 17 points, while President Donald Trump captured it in 2016 by less than one.

Whaduya wanna bet she “retires” to a lucrative job of one sort or another

How many of these “servants” exit congress poorer, or do not use “membership” as a launching pad to pursue more money or power?

Will she go for the Senate?  It would be a stretch by her words.

Will she get a cushy political appointment in pursuit of more power and money down the road?

Will she head to a non-profit some healthcare outfit, her previous “service heart” undertaking (non-profit is a laughable term in relation to most healthcare delivery in this country, especially the administration of most claiming the status).

Is she taking the fall (more like being handed the sword to fall on) for Democrat congressional operation’s near disaster which was having the likes of Nancy Palosi to defend?

Republican congressional candidates largely ran against Nancy Pelosi everywhere. Whose fault is their losses other than Nancy Pelosi?

Bustos likely saw she was in trouble, from Dem money raisers, from the possibility of a primary, from lack of enthusiasm for her from the radical Dem base, from a competent Republican challenge AND that the Dem majority is in trouble.  So she’s outta there. Perhaps she is a better political prognosticator than given credit for.

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1 Response to Cheri Bustos’s retiring from Congress; Hari-kari or canary in the coal mine?

  1. Eugene Mattecheck Jr says:

    She may just be preparing to run for Durbin’s Senate seat.

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