Congressman Ron Kind recently announced that he will not seek re-election after 25 years in the House, which could be a huge blow to Democrats wanting to maintain control in 2022. He currently represents Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district and is the last Democrat outside of the Milwaukee and Madison areas. His seat has been long targeted by Republicans.
Kind said he would retire at the end of his term and wished fellow Democratic lawmakers “all the best.” While reps such as Sean Patrick Maloney have warned members that this could shift the 2022 midterm elections in a major way, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was among the few who disagreed and said Democrats would maintain control.
Kind made headlines and stayed silent for months after it was reported that he kept a seedy massage parlor as a tenant known as “Asian Sunny Massage” that advertised on illicit sites and made tens of thousands of dollars in rent. It was disclosed on a 2019 and 2019 tax form that he made up to $50,000 in rent income each year from the parlor. He was also reportedly linked to prostitution in Minnesota and South Dakota too and has refused to answer any questions regarding why he shut the businesses down.
House Speaker Pelosi made the announcement in a press conference that she has confidence in Democrats winning the house and that she always runs from behind. “You never run from the best-case scenario, there are several scenarios here, that was one of them, and I think that’s a safe place to run from,” she said.
Politico reporter Ally Mutnick noted that this is a “huge blow” to the Dems’ chances of keeping their House majority and that the 3rd Congressional District is a swing seat that Trump carried twice. Democrats currently hold a 220-212 majority.
Kind told reporters that he felt “out of gas,” adding that he has served in the U.S Congress since 1997. That would make him Wisconsin’s longest-serving member in Washington. Gov. Tony Evers thanked Kind for serving the state and said his voice in Congress will be “sorely missed.” Others, such as Wisconsin Republican Chairman Andrew Hitt, said it’s time for Kind’s office to come to an end, whether he wanted to retire or not.
“Ron Kind’s days in Congress have numbered thanks to the tireless efforts of Derrick Van Orden. Republicans are well-positioned to win this congressional seat for the first time in a quarter-century,” Hitt said.
Van Orden is the Republican candidate in Kind’s district and thanked Kind for his years of service. He has already raised $750,000 last quarter to fund a rematch in 2022. He said their campaign has shown that the people of Wisconsin want a “proven, tested leader in Washington” who will stand up to Pelosi’s radical agenda and ensure that generations come to live in a safe and prosperous nation.
Another report has suggested that Pelosi will also be stepping down in the near future. It says that she will make the announcement sometime after next year’s midterm elections. An inside source from the Atlantic said that top deputies aspire to her job and that most people assume the “day is coming” since she’s in her early 80’s. “Pretty much every Democrat in Congress and beyond is confident that Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York will be the next speaker of the House if Democrats manage to hold on to their majority next year,” the report reads.
Pelosi’s role in the government is being shredded by many top political figures, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who called her a dictator with no respect for the rule of law.
More and more Democrats are resigning because they know they won’t be reelected. They realize that their message of “defund the police” and open borders are doing nothing but encouraging voters to vote for the Republican Party.