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During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to drain the swamp, referring to the quagmire of Washington politics and politicians. We knew at the time that it would mean some Republicans as well as Democrats, but in the past few months, more and more Republicans are jumping ship and retiring.

In the latest surprise announcement, 65-year-old Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, announced that he will not seek re-election next year. He said that now is a good time to step aside so he can spend more time with family and begin a new chapter in his career. After this Tuesday’s elections in Virginia with the election of a Democrat for governor and a transgender to the state legislature, one has to wonder what the chances are of another Republican replacing Goodlatte in the House.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that he will not seek reelection, becoming the latest in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements.

Goodlatte, 65, is the third term-limited House committee chairman to announce his plans to leave the chamber within the past week.

“With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my granddaughters,” Goodlatte said in a letter to supporters.

Two other House committee chairmen, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), also announced last week that they will not seek reelection…

Sadly, some of the Republicans retiring or not running for re-elections are key members of the party who many were hoping would remain and help President Trump carry out his agenda to restore America to the great nation we once were before Obama destroyed it. After Tuesday’s Democratic victories, the neo-coms are salivating at the prospect of gaining power in Congress in the 2018 elections.

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