One of the few Trump critics in the House GOP is skipping town JUUUUUUST before Mueller's likely report on obstruction of justice. What leadership. Such service. https://t.co/DtZGvE4Ixd
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) April 17, 2018
After discussions with my family & careful reflection, I have decided to leave Congress in the coming weeks. Serving the people of #PA15 has been a tremendous responsibility & the privilege of a lifetime. pic.twitter.com/p8mik6s8ix
— Rep. Charlie Dent (@RepCharlieDent) April 17, 2018
Why? Is Cohen your lawyer too?
— Melinda Ebelhar (@LindyLawyer) April 17, 2018
From the hometown Philadelphia Inquirer:
Dent, regularly sought out by national media outlets as one of Congress’ leading centrist voices and a frequent critic of President Trump, had already said he was not seeking reelection this year. A busy primary was already underway to replace him in his Allentown-based district. But his departure next month will open up a congressional seat and remove his voice from the daily fray even sooner.
The vacancy could also trigger another special election — though it’s unclear whether it would occur before November’s general election.
By law, Gov. Wolf must decide within 10 days of Dent’s departure when to hold a special election. It would have to be at least 60 days after Dent’s departure. That would mean any vote to fill the seat would happen well after Pennsylvania’s May primary, and in July at the earliest. At that point, there would be less than six months left in the term, with Congress planning to be in recess for much of that time. One option that would spare the state added expense – but leave the district without a representative – would be to hold the special election concurrently with November’s general election…
The Washington Post adds:
… A special election called before the Nov. 6 general election could force Republicans to spend millions to defend the seat. Democrat Conor Lamb won a March special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, which Trump had won by 20 points in 2016. Dent’s district is much more competitive for Democrats — it went for Trump by eight points — and it is set to become even more competitive after a court-ordered redistricting. But a special election would fill the seat based on the existing lines.
Whatever happens next, Charlie Dent is determined not to be paying for it.
And speaking of Sensible Centrists, here’s another Media Village Idiot favorite in action:
CHATTANOOGA — It took Bob Corker 21 seconds to begin answering the question.
If the election were held today, would you vote for Donald Trump? …
“If the election were held today between the same two candidates,” he offered, “I would.”
“Why don’t you say, ‘probably,’ ” he said, running his hand through a tuft of white hair and bouncing a shiny black shoe under the table. “Between the same two candidates, ‘probably.’ ”…
Would the senator have voted for Trump, knowing that it would turn out like this? That his fate — his party’s, his country’s — would be bound up in the balled fists of a 71-year-old chaos agent?
Corker excused himself to the restroom. He returned a few minutes later in doubt.
“I want to think about that answer,” he said. “It’s a pretty defining thing.”…
After leaving the coffee shop, Corker continued to mull his hypothetical vote.
“I really want to think about that last answer,” Corker said climbing into an SUV on his way to an event with the local chamber of commerce. “I think it’s an unfair question for a reporter to ask. . . That might be my answer.”…
Portraits in custard, every one.