Wisconsin GOP Rep. Mike Gallagher, who reported Having voted against impeachment of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas earlier this week, he announced on Saturday that he will not seek re-election this year.
“The Framers planned for citizens to serve in Congress for one season and then return to their private lives. Electoral politics was never meant to be a career, and believe me, Congress is no place to grow old. So it is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to run for re-election,” Gallagher said in a statement.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, It was one of the first publications to announce Gallagher’s retirement From home along with TThe Wall Street Journalreported Saturday that the congressman said his “future work will align with national security objectives and focus on defense policy.”
On Tuesday, Gallagher was one of three House Republicans to vote against impeachment of Majorca, whom Republicans accuse of violating the oath of office. Gallagher was among several Republicans who expressed doubts about impeaching Majorca ahead of the failed vote, saying in a closed-door session Tuesday morning that impeaching Majorca would “open Pandora’s box,” lawmakers told reporters.
The congressman has represented Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District since 2017 and currently chairs the House Select Committee on the Communist Party of China.
He joins more than a dozen House Republicans who will not seek re-election in 2024. according to To the Press Gallery of the House.
Earlier this week, Washington GOP Rep. Kathy McMorris-Rodgers, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also announced she will not seek re-election this fall.
Republican political consultant Alex Bruesewitz weighs in on the main challenge for Gallagher and it is said in his post on the social network on Saturday, Gallagher was once “regarded by many as a rising star in the GOP,” but “instead of embracing the MAGA movement, he decided to betray the people and protect the swamp.”
“But for the reporters, members of Congress and local patriots reaching out to me in Wisconsin asking if I’m going to run … let’s just say I’m LOOKING VERY STRONG right now,” Bruesewitz added.
Last year, national Republicans hoped to hire Gallagher will run for Senate this year against Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin, who is seeking a third term, but Gallagher has declined to run for the seat.
Major potential candidates, including businessmen Eric Hovde and Scott Mayer, have been floated as challengers, but they have not yet declared their intention to run.
Wisconsin is one of the strongest options for Republicans this cycle, but defeating Baldwin will likely remain an uphill battle. Nonpartisan Cook’s Political Report degrees race as “Lean Democratic”.