Two More House Republicans Hit The Exit

ABC News reports:

Two longtime GOP lawmakers announced their retirements Tuesday from the House of Representatives, adding to the growing list of Republicans electing to leave Capitol Hill under the Trump administration rather than face voters in next year’s midterm elections.

Twelve-term Rep. Frank LoBiondo of New Jersey declared in a statement that “our nation is now consumed by increasing political polarization” and “there is no longer middle ground.” The 71-year-old became the latest moderate Republican to leave Congress and open up a seat that will be ripe for Democrats to pick up as they fight to retake control of the House next year.

Then, several hours later, seven-term Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, a conservative, announced that he too plans to retire rather than seek re-election to another term next year. Poe, 69, whose district covers parts of Houston and northern suburbs, said in a statement that “Thanks to the lord, I’m in good health, but it’s time for the next step.” He added that he was looking forward to spending more time with his grandkids.

  • Dutchlander

    There is no middle ground? Sure there is. It’s called The Democratic Party. They can’t help it if the Republicans swung to the extreme right.

    • Jeffg166

      Extreme right is being kind. Bonkers is more like it.

      • Ross

        Bonkers IS like it.

        Bat-shit crazy bonkers.

        • Stephen Elliot Phillips

          Their brains are literally rotted from rightwing propaganda and prescription codeine

  • Boreal

    That guy looks like he just clawed his way out of his casket.

    • misterjack

      Count Chocula!

      • liondon#iamnotatraitor

        For the Republicans out there it’s called Count Blah-cula.

        • xzargo

          So few remember the ‘blah people’.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      Seriously, where do they get some of these guys?

      • Oh, Parker

        Good thing for these types that the GOP doesn’t believe in government in the first place and they don’t actually have to govern when they get in office. It’s the perfect party for men who look like serial killers and creepers. Second-rate opportunists who couldn’t get to first base with the cheerleader in their hometown.

        • Snarkaholic

          Or even the desperate, geeky girls!

        • Danieruw

          Stephen Miller fits right in!

      • The_Wretched

        Mortuary experimentalists. They actually found the reanimation syrup formula.

      • Galvestonian

        well, I surmise that they hit the clinics for the brain dead and wire them for sound, then they hit the homeless shelters for those that’ll clean up nice and would do anything for a square meal and put them through a course at Liberty U. for hustling and grifting and ‘How to speak like a Republican’.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Or sells them for a living.

      • Boreal

        He’s not just a casket salesman, he’s a casket customer.

        • AmeriCanadian

          Thanks for my first out loud chuckle of the day!

    • Rambie

      Years of hate and bitterness really takes a toll

    • GeneInSJ

      LOL!!! Yes, he does!

    • greenmanTN

      He’s resigning so he can spend more time chasing teenagers around the mausoleum.×750.jpg

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    • JCF

      “So long, sinking ship!”

  • AmeriCanadian

    What’s the real story? Threats of being primaried by Bannon et al?

  • netxtown

    I hear a flute!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    By the looks of that pic Frank, I’d say you should have left a while ago.

  • Doug Danforth

    what we’re not hearing is that they will receive a huge portion of what they already make in ‘retirement’ – and retain all their cadillac benefits. It’s like still working and doing nothing for it. Pretty much like what they’ve been doing the last twenty years, but without the suit.

  • Cuberly Deux

    “Ryan breaks record for shutting down floor debate”
    “The House speaker has kept a tight grip on amendments despite promising a ‘more open, more inclusive’ process.”

    The entire GOP agenda is driven by party over country and this asshole attempts a both sides are bad excuse.

  • LovesIrony

    What defines a “moderate” republican? One who votes ib goosestep with their party is not a moderate. MINOs

    • cleos_mom

      I’ve started to think of them as the political equivalent of that movie character who’s allied with the Bad Guys in some way but is ‘not quite as bad’ as they are. Typically in scenes where the BGs are kneecapping or beating the crap out of someone, the camera shows Mr. NQAB’s face looking horrified — but he still goes along. These resignations are the equivalent of the NQAB character spilling his guts to the police.

      • Galvestonian

        Isn’t he the guy that always ends up dead ?

        • cleos_mom

          Usually. I hope the parallel is political oblivion. The spilling-guts part is often a feature of story lines in the Law and Order series.

    • The_Wretched

      Today’s “moderate” republicans are old school very conservatives. They at least, however, occasionally vote in a way that says destroying the system is bad. The “conservative” republicans of today are batshit crazies from the fringe in the old school. They don’t care or actively want to loot or destroy the government

  • TJay229

    ” Let the doorknob hit end, where the lawd split ya…”

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    He reminds me of this:

  • another_steve

    Donald Trump has made it impossible for anyone who votes Republican to be considered an honorable person.

    If through your actions you help shore up the party of Donald Trump, you’re despicable.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I’m not sure who’s worse. Those who voted for Drumpf and are proud of it still today or those who held their nose, voted for Drumpf, and now regret it. Both seem equally despicable but for different reasons.

  • worstcultever

    I once worked for an ex-Senator (Dick Clark, D-IA, one term) when he’d gone on to do foreign policy wonk stuff. As his factotum, one thing I was surprised-not-surprised to discover in the mail was that there’s a thing called the US Association of Former Members of Congress. Yep, these mofos have their own goddamn trade association.

    • TexasBoy

      Well, most of the older, established companies have retiree associations. Mom retired from Unocal in the 1980s. I still get emails from their retiree group, they set up things like cruises and luncheon get togethers, though they are of course, now part of the larger Chevron retiree group after Chevron took over most of Unocal. Marketing was sold separately to Tosco, and Tosco was purchased by Phillips 66.

      • worstcultever

        Well, come to think of it, I’m now a federal retiree and there’s a couple different associations for that too … Ok, forget I said anything [skittering away] … lol

  • Gigi

    More of this please!

  • Bambino

    Spending time with the grand kids for these asshole is like those who scream think of the children! Masking the real reason behind their decision.

  • Gigi

    More of this please!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • MaryJOGrady

      Congratulations to both of them.

  • DesertSun59

    Amusing comment from this Republican. He’s part of the reason why there’s no middle ground.

  • Kelly Lape

    If your party wouldn’t have been so concerned about allowing a Democratic President to “succeed” there would still be a middle ground. Rot in hell asshole.

  • Paula

    Wasn’t he featured on an episode of Stargate: Atlantis? I think the called them Wraiths?

  • BeaverTales

    thanks to the great gerrymander of 2010, dems have a lot to overcome to pick up seats. we need to focus on winning governorships and legislatures in all 50 states before we can hold the House.

    • cleos_mom

      Yes, there needs to be a nationwide transition from the forest to the trees, so to speak. I hope this happens before November of next year, though the antics of certain DNC members last week won’t exactly be helpful.

      • BeaverTales

        Gross DNC incompetence didn’t just start a week ago . I think it has been an issue for at least 2 years and possibly even since 2008.

  • cleos_mom

    If there’s “no longer any middle ground”, the Republikkkans can take credit for that. They’ve worked hard to create this state of affairs since 1980 at the latest.

  • boatboy_srq

    These oldtimers came in with Gingrich to fulfill the Contract On America. They can bail on Lord Dampnut all they want, but the damage they went to Washingon to inflict has already been done.

  • Ninja0980

    Can you say wave election next year?

    • KnownDonorDad

      If it’s not, this country deserves what it gets.

    • MaryJOGrady

      It’s what we all must work for. Please consider becoming a volunteer voter registrar. It’s easy and fun, and will help lay the groundwork for getting out the vote next year. (I registered my dentist’s receptionist, grocery clerks, plenty of others.)

  • Lakeview Bob

    Look forward to spending time with the grandkids = I have no chance in hell of winning the next election.

    • Treant

      …but I want to keep my powder dry just in case I might win Senator later.

    • Danieruw

      Did anyone ask the grandkids if they wanted to spend more time with him?

  • Belthazar

    O/T: Good news from Maine despite a crazy ass Governor. Also, a trans candidate won a city council seat in Minnesota.

  • William
  • LeeCMH

    What a happy day to be a libtard.

    I hope all this is headed to saying to tRump, “Bye Felicia.”

  • Richard

    Now if voters would only take the opportunity to fill those seats with progressives and get this country back on the right track, that would be awesome.

    • Gianni

      If Dem voters actually get out in force and vote for Dem candidates, they will succeed.

  • JAKvirginia

    In my head there’s an image of rats and a sinking ship. Don’t know why. Hmmmm…..

    • Gianni

      Yeah, and it’s looking like they can’t seem to jump ship fast enough.

  • Ben in Oakland

    Our nation is consumed by increasing political polarization….

    Which was just fine with you as you got easy re-election, power, and money. Now that it might cost you something, you head for the exits.

  • Andrea_Rae

    LoBiondo is not wrong, there is no middle ground anymore, no discussion or compromise, for either side. This is not how our country is supposed to work.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Sorry, but this faux “both sides are the same” bullshit needs to stop. They’re not the same.

      • Andrea_Rae

        I didn’t say they are the same, but they are both to blame for the hyper polarized political climate we live in.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          I don’t agree. Conservatives have long since sown the seeds of discord and polarization, they were the catalyst and responsible. Newton’s law in action: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. If the left is more polarized, it is by the singular action of the right. So no, both are not to blame for what is, that lies solely with conservatives. Now, as to the current instant we find ourselves in, yes, the left does need to shake its head, dust itself off and smarten up; most importantly, they should recognize what the right is and work around them…because working with them is not possible at the moment. Note the words “at the moment”

          • Andrea_Rae

            That is your opinion because you can’t fathom seeing it from the other side which is required for objectivity. There are areas where we are obviously correct, such as human rights, but lots of areas are hazy depending on your point of view, such as religious liberty. They believe they are correct just a fiercely and with the same conviction as we believe we are correct. Instead of dying on every hill discussion and compromise can solve 99% of all dem and gop disagreements.

        • Gianni

          Do you listen to FUX News?

          • Andrea_Rae

            Nope, Maddow and the BBC.

  • MaryJOGrady

    Ted Poe used to be a judge in Houston. I once watched him sentence a 17-year-old to death.

  • boobert

    lobiando may not be telling the truth again. When he first ran, he said he would only serve one term. That was many elections ago. He’s also guilty of voting along party lines on most occasions .

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • Johnny Wyeknot

    I’m tickled that the lord found time in her busy schedule of overseeing deadly storms, political insurrections and theft from the poor and middle classes around the world to ensure Congressman Poe’s good health. I wonder why she savaged his district though.

  • Balderdashing

    Perhaps that’s his portrait, fetched down from the old schoolroom in the attic.

    • Falconlights

      More like the one Dorian Gray had painted.

  • lymis

    In other words, “We completely lost control of our own party because we pandered to the most extreme factions in order to take over the government, and now that they’ve turned on us, I give up.”