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DCCC: Expect more Democratic retirements in the next two weeks.
The Washington Post, on fallout from the recent retirements of Democratic members of Congress:
What most concerns Democrats is that the latest round of retirements will prompt other longtime lawmakers in competitive districts to rethink their reelection plans, [former DCCC Chair Martin] Frost said. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (Md.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, acknowledged that “some more” Democratic retirements will be announced before the end of the year, but that the number will be “nothing on the scale of 1994, when you had 28 Democratic open seats” and the party lost control of the House.
Unfortunately for Van Hollen, the Washington Post isn’t interested in supporting the spin:
Joe Gaylord, who was chief strategist for former House speaker Newt Gingrich in the 1994 cycle, said Democratic retirements accelerated in 1994, compared with their pace in 1993, and he predicted the same could happen this time. “It got collectively worse as they moved along,” he said.
In other words, it’s early days yet. And take that cliche however you like.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.