House Democrat Announces Retirement, Says He Will ‘Never Understand’ Republican Colleagues

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House Democrat Denny Heck (D-Wa.) announced he was retiring on Wednesday, and he had some harsh words for his Republican colleagues on the way out.

Heck has served four terms in Congress and is on the House Intelligence Committee that investigated Russian interference and launched the Trump impeachment inquiry. In a Medium post announcing his decision, Heck said he was “discouraged” by the current state of politics.

“The countless hours I have spent in the investigation of Russian election interference and the impeachment inquiry have rendered my soul weary,” he wrote. “I will never understand how some of my colleagues, in many ways good people, could ignore or deny the President’s unrelenting attack on a free press, his vicious character assassination of anyone who disagreed with him, and his demonstrably very distant relationship with the truth.”

Heck went on to note that Trump is more of a “symptom” than the cause of the issues in America. He noted that “civic discourse began degrading before him” and “success seems to be measured by how many Twitter followers one has which are largely gained by saying increasingly outrageous things.”

Still, Heck managed to strike a note of thankfulness in his announcement. He said he felt “bone-deep” gratitude for his time in Congress and for voters who kept him in office. When 2020 rolls around, he will join 18 Republican representatives and five Democratic representatives who have said they plan to step down.

“I make this decision completely confident that there will be outstanding people step forward to take up the challenge to represent this beautiful corner of our great land,” Heck said.

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Sandra Jenkins
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The President has done more in three years than you and your obsessed “collegues” have done your whole term. If you think the Russian hoax investigation and the pitiful attempt to impeach the President was legitimate, you are the blind man. Four terms has been four terms too long for you. So now that you have made all the money on the side and have a full retirement and benefits, take your ass on back home. Good riddance. BTW, can you take some of your Dem buddies with you?

Cherl
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It appears that the swamp to cleaning itself. Some should have retired long before now. So Heck is weary? Think how the voters feel. He is still being critical of Trump’s behavior as if only he recognizes it. I would prefer no Twitter from him but many like it. In spite of the Democrats continual accusations President Trump continues to have a much better economy than what came before him.

william jackson
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D-RAT Heck wouldn’t know the truth if it were shoved up his Pelosi!

Clayton K. Char
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Congress has become a 3-ring circus. Why would anyone aspire to become a member of Congress? You’re just become a small fish in a big pond of 435 members and their hoard of staffers. The American taxpayers are not getting their money’s worth. Congress needs to be fixed because its no longer working.

Allen Zabel
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I don’t understand why Democrats continue to place party and politics, before American people and American issues.
BTW If you look at the poll numbers in his district?
He’d be voted out anyway, because of his stance on impeachment.
In essence he saw the writing on the wall.

Ron Pauly
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I don’t get the socialist/ communist leanings of the Democrats either. The news media attacking Trump from the start and telling any lie they can to make him look bad. I don’t trust the media. From their actions, I can only guess they want the President and the country to fail.

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