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Dropping Like Flies: Third House Dem in Three Days Calls it Quits
TRNN ^ | 1/16/14 | Matthew Burke

Posted on 01/16/2014 9:44:26 AM PST by Impala64ssa

what is viewed as a rush to the exits in the face of the Obamacare disaster and the Obama scandal machine bleeding into the 2014 mid-term elections, three prominent democrats in the U.S. Congress have announced their retirement this week.

On Monday, 40-year Capitol Hill veteran and Pelosi Democrat, George Miller (D-CA) called it quits. Miller, 68, has been in the House since 1974, the year of Watergate. Miller stated that he looked “forward to one last year in Congress, fighting the good fight and then working in new venues on the issues that have inspired me.” Miller also indicated that he was especially proud of” passage of national health care reform.”

On Tuesday, New York Democrat Bill Owens pulled the plug. Owens was vague in his excuse, stating that, “It is time for me to undertake new endeavors and spend more time with my family.” Owens came into office in 2009 after winning the well-publicized NY-23 special election. In 2012, Owens won re-election in the newly formed 21st congressional district, winning against Republican Matt Doheny by only two percentage points, 50% to 48%.

Then on Wednesday, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) jumped ship announced his retirement. Moran explained little, simply stating “it’s time to close this chapter of my life and move on to the next challenge.” Moran is seen as one of the most abrasive and antagonistic members of Congress. The leftist Moran has been no stranger to his own scandals, or as Roll Call reported, “his professional accomplishments were sometimes overshadowed by personal scandals.”

This week’s announcements by Moran, Owens and Miller join other House Democrats, including Mike McIntyre (D-NC), and Jim Matheson (D-UT), who have also announced that they will not seek re-election. The exits of the congressional democrats is likely tied to their belief that 2014 offers little hope in their gaining majority in the House of Representatives.


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections; US: California; US: New York; US: North Carolina; US: Utah; US: Virginia
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But let's be mindful of who the Dems are going to replace them with.
1 posted on 01/16/2014 9:44:26 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Are they, their families, and their Staff,
now EXEMPT forever? ?


2 posted on 01/16/2014 9:45:41 AM PST by Diogenesis
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To: Impala64ssa

replacements?

illegals, of course, why not?

California has an illegal who can now practice law legally.. and a legislative act to let it happen.

This is the trickle before the flood..


3 posted on 01/16/2014 9:46:02 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: Impala64ssa

The Dems are reading the wrting on the wall, CA is not big game changer it used to be.


4 posted on 01/16/2014 9:47:53 AM PST by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Impala64ssa

Seems our prospects of taking back Washington is improving daily. Wonder if the RNC can handle it, or will give this advantage away.


5 posted on 01/16/2014 9:49:18 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: Impala64ssa

This article is insulting to flies. Flies are more advanced than democrats. Rather, the Dems are more akin to maggots.


6 posted on 01/16/2014 9:49:44 AM PST by bkopto (Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Not all of these are safe Democrat seats. Look like Boehner will have a much larger majority to waste.


7 posted on 01/16/2014 9:54:02 AM PST by cdcdawg (Be seeing you...)
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To: Impala64ssa

Good news about George Miller. I used to live in his district and I sent him a few emails back when he was trying to nationalize 401Ks. Of course the responses were that he was only concerned about the good and welfare of the people.


8 posted on 01/16/2014 9:54:15 AM PST by Rusty0604
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To: Impala64ssa

Like rats deserting a sinking ship? No offense to the species of rats intended. ;-)


9 posted on 01/16/2014 9:54:36 AM PST by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise (What we need is to sucker the fedthugs into a "Tiananmen Square"-like incident on the National Mall!)
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To: Impala64ssa

hillary was a watergate prosecutor (one with ethics problems) perhaps he did not want to answer questions.


10 posted on 01/16/2014 9:58:16 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Impala64ssa

The only one that could be taken is the seat held by Owens. Those held by Miller and Moran are deep, deep, blue.


11 posted on 01/16/2014 10:00:20 AM PST by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: Impala64ssa
We're on to 'em.

The first response is just what I think is the plan.

Pack Congress, lean left with the supers, hold the Atty Gen and EPA and NSA ... Y'gut'cha'self one frikkin' nation right there !

12 posted on 01/16/2014 10:01:39 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Only 68, only 40 years sitting on the Treasury, and he already considers himself rich enough?

Get ready for another whore, K Street.


13 posted on 01/16/2014 10:07:20 AM PST by DPMD
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To: Diogenesis; AlexW
Exempt?

They'd LOVE to have you comment and chatter about 'exempt', hell ... keep talkin' about impeachment and Benghazi and Fast and Furious.

After all this time, we should realize ... NOTHING will ever happen in those arena's ... but the enemy WANTS us to talk about them

It keeps us occupied while they continue to kill off America and incorparate communism in its place.

We USED TO make fun of the lady down at the DMV and the shit she'd put us through.

Multiply her exponentially, put her in high office and THAT'S what we have now.

Alex_W is correct.

14 posted on 01/16/2014 10:08:06 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: tioga
You have to be joking don't you. Where is the sarcasm tag?
The RNC will do all in its power to blow all the elections and try to install RINO’s. Who of course will lose.
15 posted on 01/16/2014 10:17:37 AM PST by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: Impala64ssa

When did TURDS gain the ability to flush themselves?


16 posted on 01/16/2014 10:23:45 AM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: prof.h.mandingo

Let’s be positive for a second. Tea Party candidates will win many elections...RINOs and DIMs will lose to them.


17 posted on 01/16/2014 10:24:35 AM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp)
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To: ScottinVA

if they are “deep deep blue”, then they are pink.


18 posted on 01/16/2014 10:24:40 AM PST by campaignPete R-CT (Let the dead bury the dead. Let the GOP bury the GOP.)
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To: prof.h.mandingo

I suspect you are right, RINOs control the national scene...and tea party-ers are scorned. Since I live in NY state, my chances are slim to none anyway. (sigh)


19 posted on 01/16/2014 10:29:49 AM PST by tioga (Wise men still seek Him.)
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To: Impala64ssa

It only means something when many Democrats in marginal districts retire. Most of the long serving Democrats retiring are solid Dem areas. They know GOP will hold the house, so no chance of regaining chairmanships.


20 posted on 01/16/2014 10:59:11 AM PST by SMGFan (Sarah Michelle Gellar is now on twitter @RealSMG)
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To: Impala64ssa

I’m not sure it matters - so three girls from one useless clique leave and three girls from another useless clique take their place. Both cliques hate the unpopular (i.e. conservative)kids equally. Worse in my mind is the clique that uses the unpopular kids votes to maintain power and then use that power against those same unpopular kids.


21 posted on 01/16/2014 11:30:30 AM PST by februus
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To: Impala64ssa; cripplecreek; Political Junkie Too; RKBA Democrat; MadMax, the Grinning Reaper; ...
IIRC, there was a similar exodus of incumbent House 'Rats prior to the 2010 elections. Hopefully this series of departures will be a prelude to election trends similar to 2010.

Of all the 'Rat dropout announcements in this cycle, the one today by Jim Moran should be celebrated the most by FReepers! He's one big sleazebag that won't be missed come next January.

22 posted on 01/16/2014 12:46:41 PM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

I think so, but it does no good to repopulate the senate with McCains. We lost ground in 2012, not just because we didn’t defeat more Dems, but because the Rs we put in were in some cases like Jeff Flake-—a mini-McCain.


23 posted on 01/16/2014 12:59:15 PM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: justiceseeker93; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

Indeed, I hope so.

Several Republicans in competitive seats are quitting too, Runyon, Gerlach. A good year would mean we’ll likely hold them.


24 posted on 01/16/2014 2:47:31 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: LS

True!
My first reaction was : what gossip is going around congress to create this atmosphere of “getting out while the getting is good”?

Iow what don’t they want to be a part of?


25 posted on 01/16/2014 3:26:15 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Impala64ssa

Maybe it’s another Obama purge... and reporter’s haven’t picked up on it because their dem handlers haven’t told them about it...


26 posted on 01/16/2014 3:28:21 PM PST by GOPJ ("Remember who the real enemy is... ")
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To: GOPJ

Hillary just procured a new set of FBI files?


27 posted on 01/16/2014 4:07:40 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: hoosiermama
Well, I think on the one hand that NONE of them really want to repeal Obamacare, except Cruz, Lee, and Jim Jordan and a handful of others. Part of it is this Washington culture that says you can't "repeal" anything they once passed. After all, it's the law. Part of it is that they don't want to be on the wrong side of the media blitz that will come at them if/when they do get serious about repealing Obamacare. Some of it is that there are a few RINOs who are in bed with the docs and insurance companies.

But they know this is a disaster of the highest magnitude, up there with the Sherman Silver Purchase Act that caused the Panic o 1893 and the Smoot-Hawley Tariff that helped plunge us into the Great Depression. So they don't see a way to win long term.

28 posted on 01/16/2014 4:12:38 PM PST by LS ('Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually.' Hendrix)
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To: LS

I’m not sure that THEY and smart enough or educated enough to know the magnitude of the fiasco.
More then likely just don’t want to be one of the group that is not popular with the Cool Media Type.
Pockets have been filled , perks put in place and they’re headed to a rich retirement ! No need to be involved with overtly questionable activities


29 posted on 01/16/2014 4:26:32 PM PST by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying now or then or now)
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To: Impala64ssa

I live in Moran’s District, regrettably. Only the face may change; possibly not even the name. Moran’s brother is an ambitious pol who at one time was also mayor of Alexandria and later ran for the D nomination for governor.


30 posted on 01/16/2014 4:32:23 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: justiceseeker93; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ...

Thanks justiceseeker93.


31 posted on 01/16/2014 5:14:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (;http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: justiceseeker93; Impala64ssa; All

GRRRREAT news! Thanks for the ping; post.

Confiscate their pensions and their assets for the damage they have done to the republic.

Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat

http://www.usdebtclock.org


32 posted on 01/16/2014 6:01:33 PM PST by PGalt
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To: tioga
You mean, "Wonder if the RNC can handle it, or will give this advantage away snatch defeat from the jaws of victory?"
33 posted on 01/16/2014 9:36:42 PM PST by QT3.14
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To: Diogenesis; knarf; AlexW

Post #2 & #14 BUMP-TO-THE-TOP! (What did AlexW say?)


34 posted on 01/17/2014 4:21:40 PM PST by PGalt
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To: LeonardFMason
When did TURDS gain the ability to flush themselves?

HOORAY LeonardFMason!

35 posted on 01/17/2014 4:23:43 PM PST by PGalt
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To: Impy
Several Republicans in competitive seats are quitting too

Yep - Buck McKeon from Santa Clarita is one of 'em.....and the only reason he's held the seat through the last few squeakers was his familiarity -- his seat will go 'Rat this November.

36 posted on 01/17/2014 4:27:15 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: tioga

The RNC will read their “victory” as a “mandate” to do Dem-lite legislation and shove Beltway BS down our throats.

I say kick out the GOPe in 2014. Absolutely no difference now and Dem control.


37 posted on 01/17/2014 4:27:42 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: ErnBatavia; AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; justiceseeker93

I doubt it. All of Cali is trending rat but this is still a Republican seat and 2014 is not looking like a good year for rats.

Obama (who ran very strong in Cali, most our House candidates in competitive seats did much better than Romney) lost the district after narrowly winning it in 2008.

McKeon won by 10 points in 2012 after the remap, not a squeaker. I don’t know how new the district was for him but in 2010 he won his old seat with over 60%, far from a squeaker.


38 posted on 01/17/2014 4:37:48 PM PST by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impala64ssa
Moran is seen as one of the most abrasive and antagonistic members of Congress.

Sort of like being the most racist Klansman. Or the most sexist radfem. Or the cruelist liberal.


39 posted on 01/18/2014 1:14:15 PM PST by gitmo (If your theology doesn't become your biography, what good is it?)
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