Floodgates…Opened: With Matheson, McIntyre Bailing Out, The Exodus Has Begun

January 9, 2014

  • 2014 is shaping up to be a heck of a year for House Democrats.

  • Last month, we saw a highly-touted DCCC recruit and a longtime congressman head for the hills. Yesterday, Mike McIntyre became the latest to retire rather than face voters in November.

  • President Obama’s rapidly dropping poll numbers and the failures of ObamaCare have made the political environment for Democrats absolutely toxic.

  • With the exodus of members and candidates, it’s only a matter of time until the next embattled candidate succumbs to the political reality.

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Business Insider: “Democrats’ Odds Of Retaking The House Take Another Brutal Hit” (Business Insider, 1/8/14)

Yesterday, North Carolina Democrat Mike McIntyre Announced His Retirement. “U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, a Lumberton Democrat for the 7th District, confirmed this afternoon that he would retire at the end of his term.” (Andrew Barksdale, “Democrat Mike Mcintyre Plans To Retire At End Of Term,” Fayetteville Observer, 1/8/14)

Utah Democrat Jim Matheson Announced His Retirement Last Month. “Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah, one of the few remaining fiscally conservative Blue Dogs, said Tuesday he will retire from Congress and not seek an eighth term.” (Catalina Camia, “Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson Won’t Seek New Term,” USA Today, 12/17/13)

Highly-Touted Democrat Recruit Pete Festersen Dropped Out Just Weeks After Announcing. “Festersen said Monday that, for the second time, he was no longer running for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Although he cited family obligations, Republicans immediately jumped on the news as evidence that political fortunes had once again changed–this time thanks to the health care law’s disastrous rollout.” (Alex Roarty, “Top House Dem Recruit Backs Out of Race—Again,” National Journal, 12/9/13)

In October, Politico Called Pete Festersen’s Decision To Run “A Recruiting Win” For House Democrats. “House Democrats notched a recruiting win over the weekend, as Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen announced that he will challenge GOP Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska in 2014.” (Alex Isenstadt, “Democrats Land Nebraska Challenger Pete Festersen,” Politico, 10/13/13)

DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: “All Of Our Candidates” Will Run On ObamaCare In 2014. “DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said ‘all of our candidates’ will run on Obamacare Tuesday in a debate with RNC Chair Reince Priebus on CNN’s Crossfire.” (“DNC Chair: ‘All Of Our Candidates’ Will Run on Obamacare,” Washington Free Beacon, 12/3/13)

Nancy Pelosi: “Democrats Stand Tall In Support” Of ObamaCare. “”I don’t think you can tell what will happen next year, but I will tell you this: Democrats stand tall in support of the Affordable Care Act,” Pelosi said.” (Sabrina Siddiqui, “Nancy Pelosi: Democrats ‘Stand Tall’ For Obamacare Ahead Of 2014 Elections,” The Huffington Post, 11/17/13)