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“Congress is not a place to grow old”

After blocking a Republican attempt to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.) announced Saturday that he will not seek re-election in 2024.

“Eight years ago, when I first ran for Congress, I promised to treat my time in office as a high-intensity deployment,” Gallagher said in a statement published on X. “Through my bipartisan work in 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 have ever imagined.”

“But the Framers intended that citizens serve in Congress for a season and then return to their private lives,” he continued. “Electoral politics was never meant to be a career and, believe me, Congress is no place to grow old. And so, with a heavy heart, I have decided not to run for re-election.

Talking to him Milwaukee Journal SentinelGallagher said he plans to enter the private sector and spend more time with his family.

“I really feel like I've accomplished so much more than I even thought I could when I first started, and I don't strongly believe that the next chapter of my career is best served by staying in Congress for another decade.” . he said

“While my title may change, my job may change, my mission will always remain the same,” Gallagher promised. “My mission is to prevent the Third World War. I have dedicated myself to restoring conventional deterrence in order to avoid a war with China, so whatever I do next will be an extension of that mission.”

Foreign policy and congressional reform have been at the center of Gallagher's focus since he was first elected to Wisconsin's 8th Congressional District in 2016, according to The Sentinel.

“If I didn't believe I could not only maintain, but enhance, my influence on American foreign policy and the future of defense policy in particular,” Gallagher told the outlet, “I wouldn't be leaving.”

After his vote to save Mayorkas, many conservatives hope the doors of Congress don't slam his “RINO” ass on the way out.

“Shut up RINO,” ordered Florida congressional candidate Anthony Sabatini.

“I'm glad you're leaving, we don't have time for weak cowards while we're trying to save this country,” Catturd told Gallagher.

“Good,” said another user. “Get the FO.”

According to conservative commentator Mike Cernovich, Gallagher can expect a “good payday” after his “No vote” on Mayorkas.

“There is no justification for your vote against removing Mayorkas,” Cernovich told the outgoing representative. “Hide all you want behind fancy words. I've also read the Federalist papers.”

“What are they blackmailing you with?” he demanded to know.



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