Pelosi ally to resign seat in House

posted at 9:21 am on February 4, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, we see a lot of retirements when a wave election approaches, especially when the current minority sees no hope of making headway. Resignations in the middle of a term usually only come when an individual member faces legal or ethics problems, especially when the legislator is tied closely to its party’s leadership. And yet today, a longtime ally of Nancy Pelosi will announce his resignation effective two weeks from now, leaving Democrats well before the end of the session:

South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm, a source close to the situation said Tuesday morning.

Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will resign around President’s Day weekend, the source said. He will take over a public affairs job at the firm, according to the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity and did not want to name the firm in advance of Andrews’ announcement.

It’s a bit jarring to see a 12-term Congressman parachute out of the House this early. But Andrews may just be hoping to avoid a little embarrassment, as well as another term in the minority:

The Inquirer has more on that point:

Andrews has also faced an ethics committee investigation over a family trip to Scotland paid for with campaign funds. The House ethics committee was investigating the trip and the use of $30,000 of campaign money to pay for flights, a luxury hotel stay and other expenses while attending a wedding in Edinburgh.

As the article notes, Roll Call just held up Andrews as a key player in a post-midterm shift to the Left for Pelosi’s caucus:

I asked a dozen CQ Roll Call reporters and editors in recent days to suggest up-and-coming legislative forces, and a relatively limited number of names were mentioned time and again. …

If the caucus turns left over the long term, Texan Lloyd Doggett’s muscular progressivism would boost his prominence on the Ways and Means panel. Moderation becoming the byword would work to the advantage of Wisconsin’s Ron Kind, chairman of the business-friendly New Democrat Coalition. The previous chairman, New York’s Joseph Crowley, is also a force at the committee, but he aspires more to an overarching leadership role.

Two members are mentioned frequently for their combination of breadth of interest, depth of policymaking acumen and insiders’ standing: Robert E. Andrews of New Jersey, who has now set aside his simmering statewide ambitions to pursue interests ranging from education and health care to Pentagon procurement; and Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, the most prominent voice of House liberals on topics including domestic hunger and the war in Afghanistan.

So much for that plan. With yet another of her close allies leaving this session — Henry Waxman and George Miller as just two other examples of retirements at the top of the House Democratic ranks — one has to wonder just how long Pelosi will stick around. Or perhaps a better question will be how long her caucus will keep her in leadership even if she does stick around, without her lieutenants propping her up.

The Inquirer reports that there will be no special election in this seat. Republicans don’t have much chance in NJ-01, which has a Cook rating of D+13. The only shot the GOP would have would be in a special election when turnout models shift, but even that would have long odds. This does, however, mean that Democrats will have to spend a little more time and effort in a district they thought they could ignore, and that won’t help in November. Andrews’ departure also sends a strong signal of defeatism, and it might have more Democrats thinking about their post-Congressional options.


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The thief has been caught

22044 on February 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Rats

Bmore on February 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

Just another dim whose loose with other people’s money.

Flange on February 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

cleaning the swamp eh nancy?

renalin on February 4, 2014 at 9:27 AM

The fud has been in office for 24 years so he will retire from Congress with a fat pension, a law firm job meant only to access his government contacts, and a nice trip to Scotland that will enter the books as an oopsie.

Ethics violation, what, they were going to put a harshly worded letter in his permanent file? Is it illegal to use campaign funds for personal trips, if not then eff off. If it is illegal then press charges.

Man, I hate politicians with the fury of a white hot star.

Bishop on February 4, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Speaking of Fraud, *cough-cough*:

Source: Rep. Rob Andrews, D-NJ, will leave Congress this month to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm – @JonathanTamari
read more on philly.com
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But Andrews has also faced an ethics committee investigation over a family trip to Scotland paid for with campaign funds. The House ethics committee was investigating the trip and the use of $30,000 of campaign money to pay for flights, a luxury hotel stay and other expenses while attendign a wedding in Edinburgh.(More……)
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http://ht.ly/tgoKo

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 8:54 AM

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 9:29 AM

interesting…another NJ issue.

dmacleo on February 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

And yet today, a longtime ally of Nancy Pelosi will announce his resignation effective two weeks from now
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Looks like Pelosium, is/was looking at the wrong party:

Jan. 12, 2006: Pelosi Announces ‘Clean House Team’ to Address Republican Culture of Corruption
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http://michellemalkin.com/2006/11/15/how-the-democrats-clean-house/

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Oops,……….going to be a bad day for HopeyLess!

2014 Sochi Olympics
1h
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US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul

says he will leave post shortly after Sochi Winter Olympics – @Reuters
end of alert

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 9:34 AM

*** Drum Roll **

Casualty List: 113th Congress (2013-2014)
*****************************************

Retiring – (18 House: 8D, 10R; 8 Senate: 5D, 3R)
House:

Robert E. Andrews, D-N.J., 56, 12 terms

http://www.rollcall.com/politics/casualtylist.html/

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 9:41 AM

interesting…another NJ issue.

dmacleo on February 4, 2014 at 9:32 AM

This is really starting to ruin that state’s stellar reputation.

Bitter Clinger on February 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

But Christie!!!!!,
-lsm

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

So are we going to discuss the culture of pelosi?

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

LOL

Good Lt on February 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

But Christie!!!!!,
-lsm

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 9:42 AM

cmsinaz:CMS,….looking forward to Joe and Mika tommorrow, on this
$30,000.00 trip to Scotland Democrat Scandal……(sarc):)

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM

This is really starting to ruin that state’s stellar reputation.

Please remember to pull hard when un-planting tongue from cheek!

…just sayin’

GrayDog on February 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Swamp ‘rats the lot of them and good riddance to those who abuse their power, jail term and hefty fines would and should be the order of the day for anyone who abuses their powers…

Scrumpy on February 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Good Lt on February 4, 2014 at 9:45 AM

LOL!!

Scrumpy on February 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House, will resign around President’s Day weekend, the source said. He will take over a public affairs job at the firm,

…in other words…he won’t face charges…and gets to LOBBY… the swamp!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

…in other words…he won’t face charges…and gets to LOBBY… the swamp!

KOOLAID2 on February 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

Exactly! Eff up and Move UP! Bastages…

Scrumpy on February 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

So he’s going to Philly??

Well, that’s appropriate…

I so despise these Parasites

ToddPA on February 4, 2014 at 9:52 AM

So is Christie going to do a little quid quo pro with the Dems and try to put this crook in JAIL like Jesse Jackson Jr.?

It is probably the least of his crimes, but he is caught!!

KenInIL on February 4, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Canopfor I’ll be surprised if they actually bring it up….too focused on Christie

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

“Twitchy” will not be missed on the House floor, or his strict party line votes. Pelosi next?

Amazingoly on February 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

With yet another of her close allies leaving this session — Henry Waxman and George Miller as just two other examples of retirements at the top of the House Democratic ranks — one has to wonder just how long Pelosi will stick around.

Not to worry… With Sandra Fluke filing to run, she can win and then become “Pelosi – The Younger”. Nancy will teach Sandra the ways of botox and other mysteries of Democratic women.

climbnjump on February 4, 2014 at 10:05 AM

It would be so nice to see the heat turned up a bit more and watch as these crap weasels eat each other’s young.

HomeoftheBrave on February 4, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Speaking of Democrats:

Philip Seymour Hoffman dies
1m
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman and heroin addiction on the Senate floor – @elisefoley
end of alert

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Pelosi won’t go until she’s good and ready…


I’m ready
.

Fallon on February 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Andrews almost retired before the last election. This is not a huge surprise. He will be replaced by another Dem machine scumbag, State Sen. Donald Norcross, brother of South Jersey boss George Norcross, who is part of the group that owns the Philadelphia Inquirer. Would not surprise me to see Norcross only serve one term and then come back to run for Governor in 2017.

Andrews had statewide ambition but never seemed to catch fire outside his district.

rockmom on February 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Andrews has also faced an ethics committee investigation over a family trip to Scotland paid for with campaign funds. The House ethics committee was investigating the trip and the use of $30,000 of campaign money to pay for flights, a luxury hotel stay and other expenses while attending a wedding in Edinburgh.

Yeah, those ethics issues really harm congressional Democrats. Just look at what happened to Charlie Rangel.

Oh wait…

Chris of Rights on February 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Pelosi’s culture of corruption….

Deafdog on February 4, 2014 at 10:32 AM

The Democrats are a lot better at corruption than Republicans. However, this looks more like rats leaving a sinking ship.

bflat879 on February 4, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Rats leaving the ship.

But hey, Christie knew about the lane closures!

Which interestingly enough the fat man didn’t learn much about until he read an article in the Wall Street Journal. Where have we heard that lame excuse before??? Nobody is madder than Christie about it.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Yeah, those ethics issues really harm congressional Democrats. Just look at what happened to Charlie Rangel.

Oh wait…

Chris of Rights on February 4, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Big difference. Rangel is black, represents Harlem, and is old enough to have served in the Korean War. So Congress just gave him a disapproving look. Andrews is none of those things.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Pelosi ally to resign seat in House

Wishful thinking.

bbordwell on February 4, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Canopfor I’ll be surprised if they actually bring it up….too focused on Christie

cmsinaz on February 4, 2014 at 9:58 AM

cmsinaz:Ya I know, i was trying to be optimistic:)

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

He is an impertinent hack – to Hades with him, and Pelosi.

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Pelosi will never retire. They will have to use a crowbar to get her out of there.

Kensington on February 4, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is talking about Philip Seymour Hoffman and heroin addiction on the Senate floor – @elisefoley
end of alert

canopfor on February 4, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Yeah, Eugine Robinson (D-WaPo) has a piece in today’s paper about the need to legalize all drugs so that the quality of heroin is consistent. In other words, if drugs had been legal, Philip Seymour Hoffman would still be with us! Scary thing is that the dude actually believes that.

Happy Nomad on February 4, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Progressivism kills

Schadenfreude on February 4, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Maybe they’ll all quit.

Hey. A guy can dream, can’t he?

trigon on February 4, 2014 at 11:03 AM

If the shoe was reversed, and longtime, influential, GOP Representatives were retiring 9 months prior to a midterm election trending seriously against the GOP, the ‘analysis’ and ‘commentary’ stories would be running front page above the fold every day in the major papers.

For the hardline progressives, like Andrews, like Waxman, and others, the EpicClusterFarkNado has proven to be a huge wakeup call. All they believe is based around government being the solution to every problem – yet when given the opportunity to ram this massive government seizure of 1/6th of the national economy and control it, what’s been demonstrated is that government is fundamentally incompetent, inefficient, and ineffective. Particularly this Administration / government.

It’s going to be a lot easier for many to parachute out of government and into the private sector particularly when it looks as if the power they covet is going away.

Athos on February 4, 2014 at 11:38 AM

First, let me say I remember the ads for Rep Andrews when he first ran.

He looks a lot older now.

At his presser, he had a noticeable “tick” that reminded me of Michael J Fox (i.e. Parkinson’s disease).

J_Crater on February 4, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Ethics investigations stop cold when a congressman resigns. The Ethics Committees have no jurisdiction on former congressmen.

With the corrupt Obama/Holder regime in power, he has little to fear from prosecution, being a leftist Democrat.

Adjoran on February 4, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Weren’t golf outings one of the difficulties that Randy Cunningham faced?

Another Drew on February 4, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Pelosi will never retire. They will have to use a crowbar to get her out of there.

Or, the FDA would have to reclassify Botox as a Schedule-1 drug.

Another Drew on February 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

My former congress critter. I admit voting for him originally because he was better than the pubbie running. Only his first run.

Andrews was NOT a Pelosi type dem at the beginning but the power gets to them and corrupts. So long b!tch.

MoodyBlu on February 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Buh bye, don’t come back.

jake49 on February 4, 2014 at 12:21 PM

I’m sure he’ll be held accountable for the ethics violation.

Kissmygrits on February 4, 2014 at 12:44 PM

one has to wonder just how long Pelosi will stick around. Or perhaps a better question will be how long her caucus will keep her in leadership even if she does stick around, without her lieutenants propping her up.

Her lieutenants will prop her up till the end lest they be accused of waging war on wymins (or however-the-eff they spell it).

And as much as we despise Piglosi, she’ll be around at least two more terms. Remember Byrd, who could barely function as a living organism in any sense of the word? Remember “uncle” Teddy who had seizures at official functions and still remained in office?

Term limits, baby. Term limits all the way.

clear quadruped

Elephant

MisterElephant on February 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

So the Wicked Witch of the House is losing her flying monkeys, one by one. Too bad.

RebeccaH on February 4, 2014 at 2:01 PM