and another R steps down - Mark Meadows won't seek reelection (1 Viewer)

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Washington (CNN)Republican Rep. Mark Meadows, one of President Donald Trump's most visible allies on Capitol Hill, is not seeking reelection in 2020, he announced in a statement Thursday.
"After prayerful consideration and discussion with family, today I'm announcing that my time serving Western North Carolina in Congress will come to a close at the end of this term," Meadows said in a statement.
The North Carolina Republican was first elected to Congress in 2012 and has since played a major role in shaping the House GOP over the last few years, including as the former chair of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. A source familiar told CNN that the timing of Meadows' announcement was driven by the North Carolina candidate filing deadline, which is Friday.

Possibly working for Trump in some way?
 

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Hoping that a major scandal is about to break for this guy. 🤞 :D
Nah, his problem is that his district is no longer gerrymandered in a way that guarantees his re-election, so it's a better strategy for him to join the Trump campaign/Fox news contributor gravy train and cash out now before he gets booted out of office.

A judicial ruling will alter Western North Carolina's political map, eliminating the line that split the liberal city of Asheville into two congressional districts.

The change follows a Dec. 2 unanimous decision by a three-judge state panel not to review a quickly drawn remedial map of North Carolina's 13 congressional districts. That map was drawn by the Republican-majority General Assembly, which has the power to redistrict every 10 years after the census.

The panel on Oct. 28 blocked the old map saying it likely amounted to an illegal partisan gerrymander. That map had resulted in the election of 10 Republicans and three Democrats even though statewide the number of votes were close to evenly split between the parties. The division of Asheville and Buncombe weakened progressive votes and made the 11th District an easy win for far-right conservative Mark Meadows, as well as the 10th for Republican Patrick McHenry of Gaston County.

Republican advantage reduced

Political observers said the new lines would likely reduce the Republican statewide advantage by two seats, though the 11th was not one of them. Democrats said the map still amounted to an illegally-engineered partisan advantage. But the judges said it was too close to the March 3 primaries to consider detailed redistricting arguments.

The new 11th District will cover 17 counties:

Avery, Mitchell, Yancey, Madison, Buncombe, McDowell, Polk, Henderson, Transylvania, Jackson, Haywood, Swain, Macon, Clay, Graham, Cherokee and half of Rutherford.

Democrats can file immediately to run in an 11th District primary, the panel said, with a winner expected to challenge Meadows. The four-term U.S. House member from Transylvania County has gained national recognition for his strong support of President Donald Trump and leadership in the Freedom Caucus, a small but influential group of conservative members of Congress.
 

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Nah, his problem is that his district is no longer gerrymandered in a way that guarantees his re-election, so it's a better strategy for him to join the Trump campaign/Fox news contributor gravy train and cash out now before he gets booted out of office.



I keep forgetting that final step. "Join Fox News as a highly paid..." At first glance, quitting anything to join Team Trump looks like you want to be unemployed in six weeks.
 
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I have a feeling that Rick Santorum would try to knife fight any conservative or neocon who even hinted at encroaching on his gig there "Highlander" style....
well they already brought on the Duffy guy. Patrick? I think? He is from Wisconsin.
 

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well they already brought on the Duffy guy. Patrick? I think? He is from Wisconsin.
Sean. Patrick was Bobby Ewing and Suzanne Somers' wife on some horrible 90's sitcom.

And pretty sure Santorum is sharpening his blade in anticipation...
 

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