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Republican Congressman Tom Rooney announces his retirement
February 20, 2018
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Republican Rep. Tom Rooney is done with being a Congressman.
The Florida representative announced on Monday that he will not campaign for a sixth term in Congress.
Will not run again“After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida’s Heartland, it’s time to ‘hang ’em up’ as my old football coach used to say. I will not be running for re-election to Congress in 2018,” he said in a statement on Monday.
“I want to thank my constituents for allowing me the opportunity to serve them in Washington. I also want to recognize the amazing team that has worked alongside for the people of Florida’s 16th and 17th districts over five terms, especially Chief of Staff Jess Moore, District Director Leah Valenti, Field Rep Sherry McCorkle, and Office Manager Dean Lester, who have been with me since the beginning,” he said.
Rooney is one of the top Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Earlier this month he said that partisanship was destroying the committee and could damage national security, Fox News reported.
Florida School ShootingRooney’s announcement came days after a gunman stormed Parkland High School in Florida and killed 17 people.
The Florida representative issued a statement after the shooting calling for measures to be taken to protect kids. “My heart is broken over the news of the shooting in Parkland this week. As a father to three children of my own, I cannot fathom what it must be like to send your child off to school and plan their funeral all in the same day,” he said in a statement.
“As details surrounding the shooting have emerged, it has become clear to me we have a lot of work to do. As lawmakers, people expect us to act to stop this needless bloodshed and violence. Congress can – and should – immediately work in a bipartisan way to provide ample federal resources to help make sure that no one wishing to commit these mass atrocities can even step foot inside a school. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School had a school resource officer on campus, but it is obvious just one resource officer is not enough. That’s why I am requesting increased federal funding for the federal COPS Hiring Program to make sure state and local law enforcement entities can put school resource officers in every corner of every school,” he wrote.
“We also need to prioritize identifying and treating children with serious emotional issues and mental illnesses. The Parkland shooter showed all the signs of someone who was immensely disturbed and clearly posed a threat to human life. If he had been treated for these problems earlier, or had federal authorities appropriately heeded these warnings, maybe this terrible incident could have been prevented. If one thing is clear to me, it’s that we have failed in our duty to keep our kids safe. They cannot wait in fear for our help any longer. Now is the time for us to act,” he said.
Rep. Rooney did not say if the Russian investigation or the Parkland shooting were part of the reason he decided to retire from Congress.
Republican RetirementsRooney is just the latest Republican to announce his impending retirement. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) disappointed many when he announced last month that he would leave the Capitol after finishing out his term and return to working in the justice system.
Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Darrell Issa, and Lynn Jenkins are a few of the other Republican representatives who won’t be running for re-election.
The Senate faces losses as well. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is also retiring this year, opening the door for former presidential candidate Mitt Romney to take his seat. Other Republican senators who won’t return include Sen. Bob Corker from Tennessee and Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
It’s a troubling sign for the Republicans, who will now have more open seats to fill than the Democrats currently do. As the Atlantic reports, “just nine House Democrats are retiring outright or have already resigned, compared with 25 Republicans.”
On the other hand, open seats mean more opportunity for fresh faces and new ideas, and maybe, just maybe, more conservative candidates.
Following is list of who in Senate and a link to those in House who voted against the fiscally irresponsible 2018 Budget - thanks Tina.
Obviously, there were differing motivations involved in their decision.
Conservative/Non-establishment Repubs who voted against it knew it was not fiscally responsible and/or it did not include any $ to construct the Wall. Dems who voted against it did so because DACA not part of it - Pelosi voted against it before she voted for it by the way.
The House roll call: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2018/roll069.xml
16 Republican Senators who voted against it were: Burr, Cassidy, Corker, Crapo, Daines, Enzi, Flake, Grassley, Johnson, Kennedy, Lankford, Lee, Paul, Risch, Sasse, and Toomey.
For us Floridians, Rubio & Nelson both voted for this irresponsible bill. For us Central Floridians, Ross, Rooney, Soto all voted for it - very disappointing. Also disappointing is DeSantis who has announced his candidacy for Gov voted for it. True to his conservative form Dan Webster voted against it.
National Popular Vote, Fairfield Glade, TN