You know things are bad for the Democrats when they start retiring. Two more House Democrats have announced they won’t seek reelection this year. Obamacare is an albatross around their necks and they know it.
North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy will not seek reelection this year, according to multiple Democratic sources familiar with their plans – marking a blow to Democratic efforts to win control of the House.
The 57-year-old McIntyre, who was elected in 1996 to the Wilmington-area congressional seat, narrowly defeated Republican state Sen. David Rouzer in 2012 and was poised to face him in a 2014 rematch. His retirement from the heavily Republican district will further thin the ranks of Blue Dog Democrats. It comes less than a month after another Blue Dog, Utah Rep. Jim Matheson, said his current term would be his last. …
“If it wasn’t clear before with the retirement of Rep. Jim Matheson, today’s announcement from Rep. Mike McIntyre solidifies the extremely difficult road ahead for Democrats in 2014,” Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, the National Republican Congressional Committee chairman, said in a statement. (Read More)
McCarthy was also first elected in 1996. Her district in Long Island will be more competitive than McIntyre’s, but still, they have to be nervous. I would be, too.