My Thoughts, A party traitor and total idiot, If you don’t want to grow old in Congress that is fine, We need to put a stop to that anyway with Term Limits, But you don’t quit the game in the middle because you don’t like the coach. This idiot is not only not finishing off his short term for a measly few months, he is setting his departure date for ONE WEEK AFTER THE DEADLINE TO REPLACE HIM, So his seat and VOTE in the House will remain empty.

   After announcing earlier this year that he would not seek a fifth term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher on Friday moved up his departure date to next month.

   Gallagher’s departure will undoubtedly create additional challenges for Republicans who hold a razor-thin majority in the U.S. House. The GOP will hold a 217-213 majority after Gallagher leaves the chamber, meaning Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., will be able to lose just one Republican vote on any measure that doesn’t have Democratic support.

   Citing conversations with his family, Gallagher, R-Green Bay, said in a statement he will resign from Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District effective April 19.

   Gallagher, 40, has been a key Republican who led a U.S. House push against the Chinese government. He announced his retirement in February, just days after drawing the ire of his fellow Republicans by refusing to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

   “I’ve worked closely with House Republican leadership on this timeline and look forward to seeing Speaker Johnson appoint a new chair to carry out the important mission of the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party,” Gallagher said.

   When announcing his retirement last month, Gallagher said did not want to “grow old” in Congress and would not be seeking reelection this fall.

   “Four terms serving Northeast Wisconsin in Congress has been the honor of a lifetime and strengthened my conviction that America is the greatest country in the history of the world,” Gallagher said Friday.

   “I will forever be proud of the work I did on the Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, chairing the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, and chairing the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party. It has truly been an honor to serve in the House of Representatives.”

   A former Marine and Green Bay native, Gallagher has represented the northeastern Wisconsin congressional district since 2017.

   Following Gallagher’s February announcement, State Sen. André Jacque, R-De Pere, and former state Sen. Roger Roth, of Appleton, announced plans to run for the seat. Republican consultant Alex Bruesewitz also is considering a run.

   Joe Oslund, spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said in February “Wisconsin Democrats look forward to competing in the 8th and bringing some stability and competence back to the House.”

   The 8th Congressional District includes the cities of Green Bay, Appleton and Oshkosh, and leans heavily Republican.

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