Top Democrat abandons party in a jaw dropping interview

Americans are sick of what the Democrats are selling. It looks like even some Democrats are tired of it too.

Because this top Democrat abandoned his party in a jaw dropping interview.

No one can doubt that the Democrat Party has gotten more extreme with every passing year.

Just look at some of the major points of their agenda for America, including promoting mass migration at the southern border.

The age of “bluedog” Democrats that can broach the ideological divide is over.

Now it is the age of AOC, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar.

That’s why another major Democrat is cashing out and getting the heck out of dodge.

Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA) announced his decision not to run for reelection in 2024, joining a growing number of representatives and senators who have decided to retire following the recent lengthy speaker and budget disputes.

“It will be the first time in 28 years that I’m not on the ballot,” Cardenas said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times.

“The truth of the matter is I thought I could do this just for a few years … I’m just at the age where I have enough energy and experience to maybe do something [different] and have another chapter of a career where I don’t have to go to Washington, D.C., 32 weeks out of the year,” he explained.

The California legislator is the 30th House member and 20th House Democrat to announce their intention to depart the lower chamber in 2024, with 19 Democrats and 10 Republicans having already revealed their intentions.

Cardenas is also the tenth member of Congress to make such an announcement in November. According to Ballotpedia, which has been tracking monthly retirements since 2011, this number ties the record high of January 2014.

The large number of retirements in 2014 occurred during the 2013 government shutdown, which lasted from October 1 to October 17.

While Congress has avoided a government shutdown twice this year, it was not without difficulty, owing to the House Republicans’ razor-thin margin and party infighting.

The large number of monthly retirements could indicate that the effort to pass continuing resolutions to finance the government, the historic ousting of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), and the lengthy vote series to re-elect Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) have worn some members down.

Despite an extremely large number of defections in November, the yearly total is on par with previous years.

However, this does not rule out the possibility of a problem.

“It’s not the quantity of retirements. It’s the quality,” former Democratic Rep. Steve Israel told The Washington Post.

“These are people who really understand how to get things done.”

The relatively late 2024 decisions also place the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee in uncomfortable positions as they seek candidates for the newly vacant seats.

Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.

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