How many House conservatives will retire if Hillary's elected president?

Rep. Mick Mul­vaney said that he, his South Car­o­lina col­league Trey Gowdy, and oth­er mem­bers of the class have openly talked about re­tir­ing after their next term ends if Clin­ton wins—not so much be­cause they don’t like her spe­cific­ally, but be­cause serving as a House Re­pub­lic­an un­der what they see as a third term of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion would be a thank­less job.

“If it’s go­ing to be a frus­trat­ing, some­times mean­ing­less task, there are bet­ter things to do,” Mul­vaney said. “Trey and I and a lot of oth­er folks who are sort of from our class … we’re sort of wait­ing to see how the elec­tion goes next Novem­ber.”

The grow­ing frus­tra­tion of work­ing at cross-pur­poses with a Demo­crat­ic pres­id­ent comes as Speak­er Paul Ry­an pre­pares this week to un­veil the fi­nal por­tions of a five-part House GOP agenda meant to show the pub­lic what Con­gress would do with a Re­pub­lic­an in the White House. Ry­an has said the agenda is aimed at quelling the cri­ti­cism from some quar­ters that con­gres­sion­al Re­pub­lic­ans have defined them­selves only by what they are against, not by what they would do with the power they have sought.

But that Re­pub­lic­an vis­ion would be for naught if Clin­ton is elec­ted.

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