Yet another Republican has announced that he will not be running for re-election in the current tumultuous political climate that has gripped the United States. U.S. Representative Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he will not run for re-election when his term is up next year.
“This is a natural stepping-off point,” Goodlatte said on Thursday.
The announcement came just days after a blue wave washed over Virginia when elections were held on Tuesday. Not only did a Democrat win the race for governor, with Ralph Northam defeating Ed Gillespie and his racist campaign, but liberals were also triumphant in local races throughout the state.
Goodlatte’s decision not to run for office again comes amidst a disturbing realization for Republicans, Trump is making it harder than ever before for them to run successful campaigns. Politico explained how Trump is destroying Republicans’ chances of winning elections while discussing the Virginia election:
Trump, that’s how. It’s impossible to attribute this margin to a demographic shift in such a short time period. Trump’s deeply polarizing personality and actions split the state, and this election gave Virginia voters their first opportunity to repudiate the president and his party.
Forty-seven percent of Virginia voters strongly disapproved of Trump, and 95 percent of their votes went to Northam. Those who reported Trump as a factor in their vote were twice as likely to vote for Northam.
Goodlatte is just one of the Republicans who has decided to jump ship before the Republican Party sinks like the Titanic. For 25 years, Goodlatte has represented Virginia’s 6th congressional district, but like several other Republican lawmakers, he has decided that his time in politics is over. Representatives Lamar Smith, who leads the Science, Space and Technology panel, and Jeb Hensarling, who leads the House Financial Services Committee, (both Republicans from Texas), announced last week that they will not run for re-election. One thing you can be sure of is that more and more conservative lawmakers will be following suit in coming weeks.
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