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With Rep. Flores Out, House GOP 'Leavers' at 15 and Counting

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Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas (Tom Williams/AP)

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019 12:46 PM Current | Bio | Archive

With the recent decision of Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, not to seek re-election next year, the number of House Republicans who are retiring, resigning, or seeking another office is now at 15 — five of them from Texas alone.

Most political observers who spoke to Newsmax expect this number to grow. Several of these sources are anticipating at least five more Republican House Members will say "I'm outta here" by Christmas.

"We will continue to see Republicans opt to retire from the House as the odds of retaking the House fade," Dan Eberhart, energy entrepreneur and longtime GOP fundraiser, told us.

Like that of most of the other Republican representatives who are stepping down, Flores' Central Texas district is conservative, reliably Republicans and likely to remain in GOP hands.

"Bill Flores was a perfect fit for his district and represented it well," said Wayne Thorburn, former executive director of the Texas Republican Party and author of the much-praised book "Red State" on Texas' move to the GOP.

"His leadership and conservative principles will be greatly missed but Republicans should be favored to retain his seat."

However, the crowded and hotly contested primaries almost always spawned by the exodus of an incumbent mean a lot of Republican money will be spent on choosing a new nominee that could have been spent winning Democratic-held districts elsewhere.

Meanwhile, speculation mounts over who will be the next Republican representatives to announce retirement.

"I have no idea about the number of retirements coming," said former Rep. Bob Livingston, R-La., past chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. "But I sincerely believe the job is not nearly as fun as it was when I was there [1977-98]. The partisanship, the increased likelihood of primaries, 24-hour news coverage on traditional and social media, and the constant demand to raise money . . . all serve to heighten pressure on those with the best of intentions to honorably serve their constituents."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.

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The number of House Republicans who are retiring, resigning, or seeking another office is now at 15, five of them from Texas alone, including recently Rep. Bill Flores, R-Texas, Newsmax's John Gizzi reports.
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