The Rundown News reached out to the offices of 30 freshman Democrats in the House of Representatives who represent swing districts to discuss a potential impeachment vote against President Donald J. Trump.
Out of the 30 offices contacted by The Rundown News, only two offices responded, and neither answered the fundamental question that we asked: knowing that Trump carried a Republican congressperson in your district to victory in 2016, the last presidential election year, wouldn’t it be political suicide to vote for his impeachment ahead of 2020?
Democrats spent $2.5 billion in the 2018 midterms to buy several House seats, flipping them from red to blue. About 30 of those seats are in swing districts, or in districts traditionally held by Republicans. In plain terms, the Democrats that occupy these seats know that when Republicans come out to vote for Trump in 2020, and if those voters vote straight-ticket Republican, they’ll likely be sent packing after serving only one term in Congress. Voting for Trump’s impeachment would make their replacements a near certainty.
In confidence, several of those lawmakers expressed their frustration over this predicament when speaking with Politico.
The Rundown News reached out to the offices of the following Democrat House members, to no avail. For the first time in the history of the U.S. Congress, everyone was busy:
Harley Rouda (CA-48), Max Rose (NY-11), Elaine Luria (VA-06), Joe Cunningham (SC-01), Kim Schrier (WA-08), Susan Wild (PA-07), Sean Casten (IL-06), Lauren Underwood (IL-14), Lucy McBath (GA-06), Elissa Slotkin (MI-08), Abigail Spanberger (VA-07), Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), Gil Cisneros (CA-39), Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-02), Dean Phillips (MN-03), Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02), Cindy Axne (IA-03), Haley Stevens (MI-11), Ben McAdams (UT-04), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), Sharice Davids (KS-03), Andrew Kim (NJ-03), Tom Malinowski (NJ-07), Donna Shalala (FL-27), Jared Golden (ME-02), Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11), Matt Cartwright (PA-08).
Spokespeople for Reps. Katie Porter (CA-45) and Kendra Horn (OK-05) responded to The Rundown News’ inquiries, but refused to discuss whether they would vote for Trump’s impeachment. (RELATED: Exclusive: Freshman House Dems In Red Districts Miffed Over Impeachment)
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