A bunch of congress critters have decided not to run for re-election next year. Either they’re so disgusted with the place and the radicalization of the politics or they’ve got enough in their retirement plan that they can lobby part-time and they’re outta there.
I’m guessing that Mr. Matheson’s seat will go to a Republican. In the last election he won by a squeaker against Mia Love. If she wins, she will be the first black woman from the GOP in Congress.
I have actually met Mr. Latham. One of my former campers (he used to comment here under the handle of “Luke”) was his chief of staff and when I went to D.C. for a weekend with him and his wife, I met Mr. Latham. He is described as a moderate Republican, and indeed one of the last of the breed on the Hill, comparatively speaking. (Remember that the Iowa delegation includes Steve King, who along with Louis Gohmert of Texas and Michele Bachmann of Minnesota make up the Three WTF’s of the House.) He was seen as a contender for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Tom Harkin, but decided to forgo the race. (Maybe he was afraid the Tea Party would go after him for shaking hands with a gay guy back in 2003.)
He joins the growing list of 19 members so far who aren’t running, although half of them are trying for the Senate, with most of them, it seems, running for the open seat in Georgia. And of course there’s Michele Bachmann, who decided to drop out because God told her it was time to call it quits and do something less annoying to the universe.
Good luck in your future endeavors.