December 7th, 2007
11:40 PM ET
14 years ago

McCrery becomes 19th Republican leaving Congress

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.


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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. KEITH JAMES LOUTTIT

    Out with the bad air, in with the good!

    I hope the rest of congress follows suit, the whole bunch of them worthless dogs! They have done absolutely NOTHING for our country, and run around blaming each other for their own mess!

    Ms. Pelosi, Can You Hear ME? What happened to all those promises?

    December 8, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  2. Daniel, NY

    Lots of other MAJOR congressional news today: Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez withdrew from the New Mexico Senate race - in what should definitely help Democrats make this their top pick-up target in next year's election!Also today, Crit Luallen announced she she was not running in Kentucky, a blow to Democrats there.

    December 8, 2007 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  3. Harold, San Diego CA

    Another rat jumps the sinking RepubliKKKan ship

    December 8, 2007 01:42 am at 1:42 am |
  4. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    At this rate, only the ship's captain and first mate will be left on the sinking vessel by New Years.

    December 8, 2007 02:14 am at 2:14 am |
  5. ENIMA NOW DC

    let the enima begin. Could they all resign repubs and demos? so that we can start all over?

    December 8, 2007 03:56 am at 3:56 am |
  6. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    I guess its not as much fun when you are in the minority and likely to remain so ...afraid of paybacks? Remember Nancy P let Denny H keep his big speaker's office ... and he's still bailing out before his term is over ... so much for representing district.

    Trent Lott only served 1 out of a 6 year term – leaving early to beat the new lobby laws.

    This all says a lot about the Grim Old Party and their idea of public service.

    December 8, 2007 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  7. Sam, IA

    Ladies and Gentlemen of the republican party, the ship leaving for election 2008 will be departing shortly. Please collect your bribes and scandals and assemble at the mooring rope to avoid the iceberg.

    December 8, 2007 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  8. Kerry, Boston,MA

    With those thin tight lips and develish eyes, he looks a little suspicious to me. They should take him in for questioning and force a confession out of him. I guess one of the Congressional Page Boys must have demanded too much hush money, so he chose to bail before the poo-poo hit the fan. LOL

    December 8, 2007 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  9. Raymond, El Paso TX

    The foundation must already be set or pretty close to it.

    After what we've witnessed from the GOP (Greedy Old Party), especially since the BU$H administration came in, one has to wonder what all this "cut and run" is all about.

    Could the New World Order and reaping the rewards from all their "hard work" have anything to do with it?

    December 8, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  10. Andy, Evansville, IN

    So, could the pendulum be swinging the other way? To some this is good news, for we will soon find out what "screwed up" really means. Could we be entering another totally Democrat government like that of the Carter years...international weak, skyrocketing inflation, high unemployment...perhaps? Should it happen...let the criticism begin...what goes around, comes around...you let loons.

    December 8, 2007 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  11. Thomas Wells, Laer Ton MI

    I like changeover in government. I don't think you can really say negative things about either party, unless your heart is so inclined.

    There is something cooking and no matter whether you are on the left or right, you won't like the main dish.

    Prepare the way for the one to come. And no, it won't be the one who you'd think it would be.

    December 8, 2007 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Dave, Lake Forest, CA

    I suspect it is because so he can become a lobbyist due to the new laws.

    A few questions.

    1. How many in congress normally make this announcement at re-election?
    2. 18 GOP have per CNN.
    3. So zero DEMs have resigned?

    Think critically about all parties involved.

    December 8, 2007 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  13. Independent in IA

    ROFL!!! Thank you Sam, IA...you have made my day. Just hope they clean up all the extraneous droppings as well.

    December 8, 2007 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Raymond, El Paso TX

    Andy, Evansville, IN ~ WROTE: "...To some this is good news, for we will soon find out what "screwed up" really means. Could we be entering another totally Democrat government like that of the Carter years…international weak, skyrocketing inflation, high unemployment…perhaps? Should it happen…let the criticism begin…what goes around, comes around…you let loons."

    Inflation in the Carter years was caused by the highest real prices for gas until this year and much of it wasn't his fault. I can make some arguements to support that one. However, let's look at where we're at today.

    Longtime allies won't back us up anymore while we nation-build and still on a world-wide crusade to spread democracy, alone. The majority of jobs are in the service industry and the good ones have been sent overseas. We have the biggest deficit in our history and the dollar is at an all-time low with a housing crisis, to the tune of $1.3 trillion, about to explode or at the very least delayed. China and foreign interests own most of our companies. Our civil rights have been chipped away. Corruption during 'total Repbulican government' with the likes of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, congressmen Cunningham, DeLay, Young, destruction of e-mails and documents, secret meetings with Cheney and the energy industry and much more which hasn't even yet been brought to light or court. Outsourcing of military functions with billions unaccounted for, skyrocketing health care costs, FEMA fiascos, FDA putting people at risk, a lying president and vice-president who are in denial. Should I keep going?

    ...I'll opt Democratic ticket this time around thank you very much.

    December 8, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Joe, Indianapolis, Indiana

    With congress's approval rating at 21%, I think America is going to vote for change. That means both parties have a lot to fear (Dems control congress and GOP has White House) and the GOP is taking advantage of this sentiment and getting some new blood in there. Also, there are going to be more Dems not running soon too like Carson (D) of Indianapolis. Just wait...

    December 8, 2007 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  16. Walt, Belton, TX

    WHO?

    December 8, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Richard, St. Paul, MN

    Woo-hoo! Another scum bag Republican, who voted with Bush to destroy America, is leaving! Maybe there's hope yet!

    December 8, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  18. Dave, Atlanta, GA

    This has nothing to do with rats leaving a sinking ship. These people are retiring now so that they can dodge the restrictive laws governing politicians who become lobbyists, that go into place in January of 2008.

    December 8, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    Sell me your vote today and I'll gladly give you a low work / high pay job in our lobbying firm tomorrow.

    It must be grand to have such an urge to serve the public.

    December 8, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  20. Michael Sheridan, Grand Rapids, MI

    With congress's approval rating at 21%, I think America is going to vote for change. That means both parties have a lot to fear (Dems control congress and GOP has White House) and the GOP is taking advantage of this sentiment and getting some new blood in there. Also, there are going to be more Dems not running soon too like Carson (D) of Indianapolis. Just wait…
    Posted By Joe, Indianapolis, Indiana : December 8, 2007 11:45 am

    I think the Democrats don't have quite as much to worry about. In those Congressional approval polls, the rank-and-file Democrats (and independents) disapprove of Congress because they aren't seen to be doing enough to rein in Bush's destruction of the American brand. But most people understand that much of the problem is GOP obstructionism – Senate Republicans setting a new record for filibusters is just the tip of that particular iceberg. Thus, a desire for change is much more likely to translate into a push put more and better Democrats into office, not an attempt to throw out all the "bums".

    Your idea that the tide of Republican retirements represents some initiative from the GOP to bring in "new blood" is optimistic, and I'm sure it helps you sleep better at night. However, but there isn't any evidence that these people are being pushed out by anything other than their individual desires and agendas. And the GOP hierarchy would be crazy if they thought abandoning the power of incumbency would be a good way to both shake things up and win back control of Congress.

    Spin this however you need to in order to make it more palatable, but the GOP are on course to set a record for incumbent retirements, and there is little "upside" I can see for them in that prospect.

    December 8, 2007 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Terry, El Paso, TX

    There is no bad reason for a Conservative to leave Congress. It will take Liberals years to put the country's finances back together and pay down the deficit. I used to think that Conservatives were just corrupt, and that is why they mismanage things so badly. Now I am beginning to think that they intended to bankrupt the nation so that the government would be too weak to stand up to global corporations. No matter how you look at it, it adds up to fraud or treason.

    December 8, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. L. W. Martin, Baton Rouge, LA

    I would be hopeful for my Democratic side, except that we are going to lose the Presidency again because we are going to nominate ether a woman or a Black person, neither of which, due to the groups they most visibly belong to, can hope to be elected by our impeccably reactionary populace.

    December 8, 2007 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. hey allons,tn

    hey those republicans have always been liars and crooked and you are just now find out how do you like this Preacher man god help you for backing them their SINS are your.

    December 8, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  24. PoliticalTicker@gmail.com

    Out with the bad air, in with the good!

    I hope the rest of congress follows suit, the whole bunch of them worthless dogs! They have done absolutely NOTHING for our country, and run around blaming each other for their own mess!

    Ms. Pelosi, Can You Hear ME? What happened to all those promises?

    December 8, 2007 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  25. Kristy Sanborn, Buckhorn, Mo.

    Kerry,
    I don't think he looks "suspicious" as you said, I think he looks more like totally discusted and not too happy. Maybe these Republicans are 'jumping the boat' as people are saying, because they don't want to be part of this 'show' congress is putting on for America. Maybe they are seeing what thesre democrats are doing and want no part of it when the poo poo hits the fan? Congress has tried to run the FBI, the CIA now, and our Justice Deptartment, and our Whitehouse and our Military, and the list goes on and on and on............

    December 9, 2007 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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