Another Republican Quits

( – In an unfortunate turn of events for the GOP landscape, Representative Bill Posey (R-FL) declared that he is calling it quits by the end of the year, marking another misfortune of a growing list of congressional retirees.

“It has been the greatest honor of Katie’s and my life to represent you in Congress,” Posey said in a statement.

“And, polls suggest that because of YOUR support, I could remain in the job forever, and we were looking forward to another spirited campaign for a final term in office,” he continued.

While it was a difficult decision, Posey said that circumstances beyond his control as the reason for suspending his re-election campaign, a move that has surprised many in the political sphere.

According to Cook Political Report, the 76-year-old Republican has served Florida’s 8th Congressional District since 2008, which district leans heavily Republican.

As part of his retirement plans, Posey has endorsed former state Senate President Mike Haridopolos, a move that could significantly impact the political future of Florida’s 8th Congressional District.

“For many years, Mike has served as my Congressional Finance Committee Chairman, while I have mentored him to replace me,” Posey said. “Mike was, and remains, my first choice to represent you, me, and our district in Congress.”

Posey stated that Haridopolos was ready for Congress and emphasized his conservative values and strong work ethic.

Likewise, Posey decided to endorse him while saying that he would do everything he could to help him get elected

Posey’s decision aligns with a trend of GOP lawmakers opting out of reelection bids. Some, like former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and former Representatives Mike Gallagher (R-WI) and Ken Buck (R-CO), left Congress early, citing the toxicity of Capitol Hill.

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