Rep. Illinois Bobby Rush is the latest House Democrat to head to the exits ahead of the 2022 midterms.
He announced this week that he will not run for re-election, making him the 24th Democrat to do so.
It’s pretty clear that the Democrats know what’s going to happen in November, and a lot of them don’t want to be there to see it.
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
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Rep. Bobby Rush retires after 15 terms
Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., the former Black Panther, ex-Chicago alderman, member of Congress and a secretary, told the Chicago Sun-Times Monday that he will not seek a new term.
Rush, first elected to Congress in 1992, said in an interview that he plans to remain active in his ministry and find ways to tell his remarkable life story — a trajectory from a 1960s radical to a member of the House. of Delegates – to be used to inspire younger generations.
Since his first election to Congress, when he overthrew a Democratic incumbent in the primary, Rush, with huge name recognition from his Black Panther days, has maintained an iron grip on his 1st congressional district, famously killing then-State Senator Barack Obama defeated in the 2000 Democratic primary.
Rush, 75, has won every primary and general election by overwhelming margins in the district, anchoring on Chicago’s south side and running through the city’s southern suburbs…
Rush’s significant activism came as a co-founder of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party — a movement that saw the murder of two of its key leaders, Fred Hampton and Mark Clark, by law enforcement officers.
Enjoy your retirement, Congressman.
US Representative Bobby Rush of Illinois will not be re-elected after 15 terms in office. The 75-year-old Chicago Democrat has the distinction of being the only person to ever win an election against Barack Obama. https://t.co/fZLWi4owgn
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 4, 2022
Do you remember a time when so many Democrats retired for an interim term?
Cross posted from American Lookout.