Rep. McCrery joins many fellow Republicans who have decided to leave Congress.
(CNN) - A top-ranking Republican on one of the most influential committees in Congress announced Friday that he plans to resign - opening up yet another G.O.P. seat in a year that has already seen 18 Republicans announce plans to leave the chamber.
Jim McCrery, of Louisiana, said at a news conference late Friday that he does not intend to seek re-election to the House next year. McCrery, currently serving his 10th full term, is the ranking Republican on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and was in line to chair the committee before Democrats took control in the 2006 elections.
"Congressman Jim McCrery has distinguished himself in Congress as a key player in the debate of some of the most pressing issues facing our country," said Tom Cole, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "He has been a champion for the American taxpayer and his work on issues like retirement security and health care has also earned him a great deal of respect from members of Congress on both sides of the aisle."
Eighteen other Republicans, including former Speaker Dennis Hastert, have announced that they plan to leave the House by the end of the 110th Congress.
That's compared to four exiting Democrats - giving majority Democrats hope of increasing their hold on the chamber during 2008 elections that also will see voters select a new president.
Cole called McCrery's district, in northwest and west central Louisiana, a safe GOP district and predicted that a Republican will be elected to replace McCrery.
When anybody leaves a job paying an exuberent salary it for one of three reasons:
1) They were offered a job that will pay them a better salary.
2) Or they can no longer deal with or remain loyal to present management.
3) Or they got caught red handed and had a choice of leaving or being exposed.
Andy of Evansville, I think we look real weak now in the eyes of the world when our word and image are at the bottom of the barrel. I will take a Democrat that will take care of America first any day before a Republican trying to perform some Mideast Crusade. Lets all put our differences aside and really take care of America now. The Republicans have proven they are a party of corruption and destruction! They are not for the people, they are for themselves. The latest resignation is why they know they do not have a chance come next election. The Democrats have fewer worries but overall will fair better.