Earlier this week, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) stunned Democrats by announcing her retirement.
Johnson joined the list of longtime seat holders stepping down at the end of this term in the House on the Democrat side of the aisle.
Johnson recently provided some clarity regarding her retirement, specifically citing all the infighting in the party right now.
Time to Go
Even though Johnson is 85 years old, there was no inclination that she had planned on retiring until very recently.
With Biden now polling horribly and it seeming imminent that Democrats are going to lose control of the House, she started to wonder “why?”
The Build Back Better plan has created significant turmoil within the party, which seemed to push Johnson over the edge.
She stated, “You begin to question the why when you get to a point where our party is not as together as you’d like it to be, like you’ve experienced.”
Those are pretty damning words not just for the party but also to the leadership of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Johnson is one of the more influential Democrats in the House, serving as the current chair for the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Point being, her words hit a bit harder than one of the younger members of Congress.
She has been around for a minute, so you know these words will hit Pelosi like a ton of bricks.
Republicans were complimentary of Johnson and appreciative of her candidness.
Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK) called her a “true public servant.”
He added, “She’s an old-school legislator who cares more about results than headlines, and I respect that deeply.”
The favorite to take Johnson’s seat is current Democrat State Rep. Jasmine Crockett.
Crockett received Johnson’s endorsement almost immediately after Johnson announced she would be retiring.
Source: Fox News