Wisconsin Rep. Mike Gallagher, one of three House Republicans who voted last week against impeaching Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, announced he would not seek reelection.
“Eight years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised to treat my term as a high-intensity deployment,” said Gallagher, who will retire in January 2025 after his fourth term , said in a statement on Saturday.
“Through my bipartisan work on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Chinese Communist Party Select Committee, we have accomplished more in this deployment than I could ever have imagined “, did he declare.
“But the founders wanted citizens to serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives. Electoral politics was never meant to be a career and, believe me, Congress is no place to grow old,” the representative said.
“So it is with a heavy heart that I have decided not to run for office,” Gallagher said. “Thank you to the good people of northeastern Wisconsin for the honor of a lifetime.
“Four terms in your service have strengthened my belief that America is the greatest country in the history of the world. And even if my title changes, my mission will always remain the same: to deter America’s enemies and defend the Constitution.
Gallagher had informed House Republican leaders weeks before that he would vote against the impeachment resolution they were pushing for — and defended his decision in a Wall Street Journal op-ed the day after it failed.
“Not only would impeachment fail to resolve Mr. Biden’s border crisis, it would also set a dangerous new precedent that would be used against future Republican administrations,” he wrote.
“The main culprit for the chaos and devastation that has occurred at the border is Mr. Biden, not Mr. Mayorkas,” Gallagher said. “If Mr. Mayorkas were removed from office, his replacement would also implement Mr. Biden’s disastrous border policies. »
He also told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in an interview that he did not choose to retire because of the backlash over his vote against impeachment.
Gallagher joined incumbent Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) and Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) in voting Feb. 6 against two articles of impeachment against Mayorkas for allegedly failing to enforce federal law on immigration and lied to Congress about federal immigration law. The US border is “secure”.
With Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) out as he undergoes treatment for blood cancer, House Republicans could only afford to lose three votes while removing the House control chief. President Biden’s borders.
The majority calculation also hinged on the absence of Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who also left Congress while recovering from intestinal surgery.
But as time passed, Green showed up in a wheelchair to the House to oppose impeachment. The measure ultimately failed by a vote of 214 to 216.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mark Green (R-Tenn.) and others tried to pressure Gallagher to reverse his vote to no avail, forcing the GOP conference vice chairman , Blake Moore (R-Utah) to change his vote and join the majority so he can make a motion to bring the resolution back to the hearing at a later date.
House GOPers are expected to resume their impeachment campaign Tuesday.
“Last night was a setback, but democracy is a mess,” House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) told reporters the day after last week’s vote. “We live in a time of divided government. We have a very slim margin here and every vote counts.”
“Sometimes when you’re counting votes and people show up when they’re not supposed to be in the building, it changes the equation,” he added, referring to Green’s appearance. “We will adopt these articles of impeachment. We’ll do it in the next round.
On Sunday, Mayorkas said on MSNBC’s “Meet the Press” that neither he nor President Biden were “responsible for a broken system” that allowed the influx of migrants, although he acknowledged that the situation at the border is a “crisis”.
Biden and the Homeland Security secretary had urged House Republicans to pass a bipartisan Senate border bill, with additional aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan, but it was defeated in the upper chamber on Wednesday last.
Meanwhile, Scalise’s office released a statement last Thursday announcing that the majority leader was “in complete remission” from his cancer after “successfully completing his autologous stem cell treatment” and that he would “return to Washington next week to vote.”
With Scalise back, House Republicans must also prevent members who were reluctant to impeach Mayorkas from reversing their votes, including Reps. David Joyce (R-Ohio) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.).
Gallagher served on the House Permanent Select Committee on the Intelligence and Armed Services Committee and was chairman of the bipartisan House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party.
He briefly considered challenging Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin for her congressional seat last year, but decided against it, citing his committee work on China and saying he had the intends to run for a fifth term in the House.
Rep. Carlos Gimenez (R-Fla.), another member of the China panel, is being considered by House Republican Party leaders to replace Gallagher as speaker if the party maintains its majority, a source told the Post .
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