Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., told CNN on Sunday that he is leaving Congress partly due to repeated questions about President Donald Trump.
"No matter what I say or do, I feel all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump rather than health insurance or tax policy," Costello, who announced last March that he will not seek reelection, told CNN. "I think it's a very challenging political environment, and when you add on top of that just the demands from a work-family balance, I just felt it was best for me to take stock in my life and have eight months to decide what I'm going to do next rather than, potentially, six weeks."
“I feel, increasingly, that if you're a member of Congress, they assume that you're not good," he added. "They assume that you're not telling the truth. No matter what you do, someone's out there locked and loaded to say something disparaging, false, mean, in an attempt to have other people not like you.”
Costello also said that his decision to step down was related to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that redrew his district.
"I'm 41. I have an 8-month old. I have a 4-year old. I just lost half my congressional district. The state Supreme Court decided that they were going to try and take me out," Costello said.
"There is the occasional pinch-me moment. There's the occasional bang-my-head-against-the-wall moment, too, but there's the occasional pinch-me moment," he said. "That is something that I'll certainly miss."
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