Trump Critic GOP Congressman Charlie Dent Will Not Seek Reelection

Trump Critic GOP Congressman Charlie Dent Will Not Seek Reelection”

"I've worked to instill stability, certainty and predictability in Washington", he said in the announcement. In an interview with several reporters, he predicted a hard battle for his seat next year, and said his frustration had grown with the instability coming from the White House. "But, I guess they've taken it to a new level".

According to the New York Times' Jonathan Martin, Dent isn't the only Republican "moderate" who feels that way - and he won't be the last to part ways with his ideologically rigid colleagues.

Writing at First Read this morning, NBC's Chuck Todd predicted that Dent, who was on the endangered species list already, will be the first of a bleeding edge of moderate Tuesday Group members who will decide they prefer life in the private sector to the dysfunctional halls of Congress.

"The voters of the 15th Congressional district know that I have always served as a strong and independent voice carrying their concerns to Washington", Dent said in a statement released by his campaign Wednesday, according to the Morning Call.

Republicans simply can not govern by catering to that one-third to one-quarter of the electorate who believe that they're doing a good job.

Pennsylvania Republican U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent's decision Thursday not to seek election to an eighth term in Congress came as welcome news to Berks County's GOP leader.

"This will be a hotly contested seat", he said off the House floor. "All things being equal, a Republican should win, but this will be a challenging midterm election for our party for historical reasons".

"We wanted to make sure we got a more conservative candidate in the seat, and now we can do that".

Dent was already in a primary election with state Rep. Justin Simmon, who attacked Dent as "an embarrassment to the Republican Party". "Charlie Dent has gone completely off the rails and has been on the wrong side of every major issue".

Trump has been baffling conservatives since he announced his presidential campaign, and he ramped up the confusion as recently as Wednesday, when he made a deal with two top Democrats, Senator Chuck Schumer of NY and Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, to raise the debt ceiling and keep the government open in the short term, and to designate money for hurricane relief.

Along with trying to sink the Republican health plan, he spoke out against Trump's restrictions on travel from seven largely Muslim countries.

Dent, in a later interview, largely confirmed the conversation.

And it's a sentiment that several on social media took to heart on Thursday night as news of Dent's retirement slowly leaked out.

His centrist standing was affirmed by praise from both Democrats and Republicans. The Pennsylvania Republican is one of the leading moderates in the GOP conference. The opposition thrives on an open playing field.

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