If any Republican Representative was to announce his or her retirement, at the moment, I would hope it would be Paul Ryan. Ryan has become an thorn in President Trump’s side and appears to be working against Trump instead of with him.
However, the announcement yesterday was not that of Ryan’s retirement from the House. Rep. Dave Trott, a Michigan Rep said he will not run for re-election in 2018.
Democrats are already drooling at the opportunity to win Trott’s House seat in the 2018 election. Trott says that he believes the Founding Fathers wanted elected officials to only serve a short time and then return to taking care of their families and that is what he was intending to do.
Rep. Dave Trott (R-Mich.) announced Monday that he will not seek reelection next year, opening up another potential pickup opportunity for Democrats in the 2018 midterm elections.
Trott will leave the House after only two terms, citing a desire to spend more time with family.
“Our country’s Founding Fathers envisioned a government where citizens leave private life, serve for a brief time, and then return home to their communities,” Trott said in a statement. “This was not an easy decision, but after careful consideration, I have decided that the best course for me is to spend more time with my family and return to the private sector.” …
Trott’s congressional district lies on the northwest outskirts of Detroit. The district has a rather high turnover until the election of Trott in 2014. From 2002 to Trott’s election, there has been three others holding the seat in the House. In 2002, the seat was held by a Republican who was replaced with a Democrat who was replaced by a man who could not make up his political mind as he started out a Republican then a Libertarian and then an Independent. With the storied past, there is no guarantee that Trott will be replaced by another Republican, which is why Democrats are excited over the news of his retirement.