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Rep. Dent's Retirement Concerns Moderate Republicans

Rep. Dent's Retirement Concerns Moderate Republicans
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By    |   Tuesday, 12 September 2017 08:22 AM

The Tuesday Group, a bloc of moderate Republicans, is facing concerns about leadership with the upcoming retirement of its co-chairman, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.

Dent announced Sept. 7 that he would retire.

The congressman helped lead the 52-member group in the last decade and regularly critiqued President Donald Trump and the Freedom Caucus.

"There's no way to replace the voice and sway that Dent has. No way at all," a Republican source told The Hill.

More Republican moderates are expected to retire, according to The Hill. Tuesday Group members have announced their retirements, including Rep. Dave Trott, R-Mich., and Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Wash.

"Some of us may not be back to replace (Dent) even if we wanted to," a Tuesday Group member said in The Hill.

Legislators that are said to be interested in the Tuesday Group chairmanship include Reps. John Katko, R-N.Y., and Leonard Lance, R-N.J.

Dent's "tremendous leadership" will be difficult to replace, Lance said to The Hill.

The Tuesday Group has been a counterbalance to more conservative Republican groups, including the Freedom Caucus and the Republican Study Committee, according to The Hill.

The Pennsylvania congressman meant to announce his impending retirement Sunday in Allentown, Pennsylvania at an event with family and friends, according to The Morning Call. "Of course, I told a few of my colleagues (about plans to retire). They're wonderful friends, but you know, they have big mouths and they leaked it," Dent said at the event.

Extreme partisanship on both sides makes government less effective, Dent said at the event. "We're going through a political realignment right now, and nobody's quite sure how it will sort itself out," Dent said, according to The Morning Call.

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The Tuesday Group, a bloc of moderate Republicans, is facing concerns about leadership with the upcoming retirement of its co-chairman, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa.Dent announced Sept. 7 that he would retire.
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