2022 is shaping up to be the perfect storm for House Democrats. As a result, some have decided to0 retire such as Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) and Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX).
Others have their eyes set on higher office including Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH). there are many reasons why they are running for the doors as quickly as they can. Combined, those reasons look overwhelming.
The Republicans picked up 14 seats in the 2020 election even though predictions were that they would pick up 10 to 15 seats.
The second is redistricting which works out to the Republican’s advantage and the one reason no one is talking about is the 800-pound gorilla in the room, the extremist far-left agenda which puts everyone but Americans first.
Do not be surprised if some of them retire early to keep from voting for the agenda.
It is beginning to look like 2010 all over again after the Obama/Biden administration pushed a similar extremist agenda and Democrats went on to lose 63 House Seats and 5 Senate seats. To make matters worse is that recruiting candidates for 2022 could prove very difficult as no one wants to risk their political lives in swing districts. On the other hand, the Republicans will have no such problem.
Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), who is close to swinging district Democrats, told Politico:
“Everyone in this place is always thinking about what they’re going to do in the future. But certainly, I know that’s affecting the thinking of a lot of people.”
Politico reports Rep. Conor Lamb (D-PA) and Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) are looking to run for higher office due to their districts becoming redder. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) is thought to be at less of a risk of being vulnerable.
In an interview with Politico, Ryan admitted redistricting might make it more difficult for him to represent any part of blue-tinted Summit County, which includes the city of Akron, leaving him with a less favorable landscape. “I may not be able to get that piece of Summit, and any other direction you go in is pretty red. It could be harder,” Ryan said.
According to reports, Lamb recently has been beefing up his fundraising operation ahead of 2022 in addition to hiring two consultants.