House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has suffered another big loss today as the 31st Democrat rep has announced they will retire and not seek reelection this year.
Florida Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL) announced he will flee the sinking ship ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.
Deutch has another job lined up and will move into a senior leadership position with the American Jewish Committee.
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The congressman said in a statement:
“After serving the public for more than 15 years, I have decided I will not seek reelection this November.
“Public service was instilled in me by my father who earned a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge, and it has been a tremendous privilege to serve the people of Palm Beach and Broward Counties in Congress since 2010.
“I am incredibly grateful to my constituents for their support and friendship.
“Since 2013, my colleagues have selected me to lead our critical foreign policy work in the Middle East.
“Even as Iran continues its illicit quest for nuclear weapons and support for terror groups worldwide, we are also witnessing a new era of cooperation in the Middle East that brings transformative new opportunities.
“For me, this foreign policy work has been a natural continuation of my deep ties to the American Jewish community and my long-standing advocacy on behalf of the U.S.-Israel relationship.
“Beyond foreign policy, we have also seen an unprecedented rise in antisemitism in our own country and abroad, and I have been at the forefront of the Congressional response as the founding co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism.”
“This critical work, and the opportunity to do it on a global scale, is why I am announcing that I will not be running for re-election to Congress as I have accepted an offer to serve as the next Chief Executive Officer of the American Jewish Committee.”
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— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) February 28, 2022
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— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) February 28, 2022
The decision by Deutch, who represents parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, will come as a surprise to many and could set off a scramble among Democrats to replace him.
A popular and affable leader in the House, Deutch easily won his last three elections with 60 percent of the vote.
Following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in 2018, Deutch, whose district includes the school, became a national figure advocating for tougher gun regulations.
A frequent critic of the National Rifle Association he recently celebrated the NRA’s financial distress, noting “the NRA has gone from being morally bankrupt to being financially bankrupt.”