Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Tex.) announced that she would not renew her term of office starting next year, which means another significant loss for the Democratic majority in the House of Representatives, which has also suffered several critical electoral defeats.
Johnson will retire next year, ending her 30-year political career in Congress. The news did not go down well in the Democratic environment led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who sees the majority that allowed them to easily impose legislation in recent times gradually crumble.
“I will retire, and I will recommend to you who is the best to follow me,” Johnson said Saturday, surrounding herself with members of her family, noting that she will retire next January after the election of the next Congress.
Johnson’s retirement comes as Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going through a tough fight to keep members in the House. The congresswoman is the 16th Democratic member to announce she will retire or run for a different office, such as the Senate or local office.
Moreover, Johnson is a close confidant of Pelosi, chairing the powerful Science, Space and Technology Committee and voting 100% of the time in favor of Pelosi’s proposals during the last term.
In addition to the retirements of some of their key players, Democrats are beginning to see tough electoral defeats, as recent cases in Virginia and New Jersey demonstrate.
The radical policies of the awakening and incompetence on issues such as inflation, crime, border control, getting out of Afghanistan, and solving supply problems seem to be why Americans avoid voting for Democratic candidates.
In early November, Glenn Youngkin led an entire team of Republicans to an upset victory in Virginia. The group included Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears, a naturalized Jamaican who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Attorney General-elect Jason Miyares, the son of Cuban refugees who escaped the oppression of communism.
This was the first setback for Pelosi and her Democratic team.
Next, in New Jersey, Ed Durr Jr., an independent truck driver, defeated the Democratic President of the New Jersey State Senate, Stephen Sweeney. It was a great disappointment for the Democrats, especially when it was revealed that Durr spent only $2,300 in his campaign.
It doesn’t end there; in Seattle, a Republican won the city attorney’s race for the first time in more than 30 years.
Meanwhile, in a special state legislative election in San Antonio, Texas, a Republican won in a 73% Latino district, which would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.
A few days later, Texas Democratic state legislator Ryan Guillen announced his decision to leave his party to join the Republicans. Guillen said, “After much consideration and prayer with my family, I feel that my fiscally conservative, pro-business, and pro-life values are no longer in-step with the Democrat Party of today, and I am proudly running as a Republican to represent House District 31.”
Polls reflect this anti-Democrat trend in almost every state in the country, which means big trouble for the party and its House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
The Democrats will have to analyze how to continue and what strategy to implement if they intend to fight for the upcoming 2022 midterm elections.