November 19th, 2007
02:35 PM ET
15 years ago

18th House Republican to leave Congress

WASHINGTON (CNN) – New Jersey Rep. Mike Ferguson announced Monday he would not seek reelection in 2009, the 18th Republican this year to announce plans to either leave office during or retire at the close of the 110th Congress.

Ferguson, who was first elected in 2000, narrowly won re-election last year beating Democrat Linda Stender by a 49 percent to 48 percent margin.

Ferguson said he decided to leave Congress so that he could spend more time with his family.

“Being a representative in Congress is more meaningful than I had imagined, and I know that now is the right time to step away from public life to focus more on family life while our children are still young,” he said in a statement released by his congressional office.

- CNN Political Editor Mark Preston

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. therealist

    "110th Congress" on your resume is surely the mark of a loser..

    November 19, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Daniel, NY

    This is truly STUNNING news, the most surprising House retirement yet. This is a very competitive seat, and both sides have good candidates. Full analysis of the race and how it is going to unfold here.

    November 19, 2007 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Chris, Pensacola FL

    "Ferguson said he decided to leave Congress so that he could spend more time with his family."

    That cliche kills me. It's code for something, I just don't know what.

    I still think there is something up in the air about all these White House resignations and Republican congressmen leaving office.

    To the ill informed Democrat, that's good news. But to those who value truth and prosperity, something seems wrong.

    November 19, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    I'm sure he was just tapping his feet and reaching for the toilet paper, and the money will all be found one day. He didn't know she was underage. Those text messages were taken out of context. One credit card looks like another when you're in a hurry.

    November 19, 2007 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  5. El, Ottawa, Ontario

    Ferguson said he decided to leave Congress so that he could spend more time with his family....

    In other words, the polls told him that he will lose big if he runs for another election.

    November 19, 2007 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Wayne, Greenville TX

    Yet another GOP rat deserting the sinking ship that is the RepubliKKKac Party.

    November 19, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Mike, Milwaukee, WI

    19th House GOP'er gone. you add about 5-7 more retirements that are expected from House Republicans to 10-15 competitive GOP incumbents.....all the dems have to do is break even with those toss-ups and they'll see a net gain of about 5-10 seats in the House...

    November 19, 2007 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |

    More and more republicans are seeing the handwriting on the wall. 2008 will be the year of the Democrats. The coattails of Hillary Clinton will be long and fruitful.

    November 19, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. Dan, Salinas, CA

    The republican party is the Titanic. At least back then they let the women and children off first.

    November 19, 2007 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Frank, Carmel,

    This is what President Bush calls "Cut and Run".

    November 19, 2007 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  11. David, Dallas Tx

    Good. Maybe the Dems will gain enough seats in '08 to be able to overturn Republican filibusters, vetos and other obstructionist strategies.

    THAT's why the 110th doesn't accomplish as much as it had originally hoped–Republican obstructionism, vetos, procedural stoppages, etc. The 110th Republicans have done more than any three previous congresses combined.

    Frankly I'd rather see a balanced congress where both parties could work together to forward balanced legislation. But if the minority is just going to dig in its heels and refuse to play, then kick 'em to the curb and let's get the majority strong enough to override any obstructionists who remain.

    November 19, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |

    Spend more time with his family!!
    It kills me!!

    They must really think we areSTUPIDER THAN SH**

    November 19, 2007 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. John Q Public

    Is ". . .leaving to spend more time with his family." the politician's version of a Hollywood star's "suffering from dehydration" excuse?

    November 19, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  14. Bob, Leesburg, VA

    He was my representative before I moved to VA earlier this year. He was absolutely terrible. I usually vote pretty much evenly between the two parties, but I voted for the Democrat last year. I hope she runs again and wins the seat – she was a great candidate.

    November 19, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  15. Joe, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Six of the GOP Reps leaving office is to run (or already won) for another election. Rep. from LA won the Governers race and Wilson is running in NM for the Senate. Also, a few are leaving early so there can be a special election and not leave the seat open in 2008. Translation: Some of these retirements are GOOD for the GOP. Some will hurt. But, I can think of at least 12 Democrats that shold also retire because they are being run into the ground right now. With congress at 19% approval rating, some democrats should retire as well and bring in some fersh faces. Good idea when EVERYBODY is looking for change.

    November 19, 2007 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  16. Bill , Covington,LA

    After reading his comments it would appear to anyone with a modicum of inteligence that david in dallas would be perfectly happy living in a socialist society. That is where the democraps will take us.

    November 19, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Chip Celina OH

    It would be nice if BOTH sides of the aisle would have a mass exodus. Self imposed term limits, what a concept. Sure, it could be a rat leaving a sinking ship, but from my vantage point, that ship has been sunken for a long time. We need a whole new crop of fresh blood because these "career" politicians are not getting the job done.

    Look at the current crop of candidates when they talk about their lists of "accomplishments." All of the accomplishments center around spending more of your and my money and giving it to someone else.

    Have a great day!

    November 20, 2007 06:58 am at 6:58 am |
  18. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Family schmamley, he's leaving because he doesnt relish the thought of being in the minority. My only hope is that the dems grow a spine and do to the Republicans what they have done to the Dems for the last decade.

    November 20, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |