Republican Congressman John Katko, Who Backstabbed Trump by impeaching him, is Not Running for Re-Election

New York Republican Congressman John Katko announced on January 14, 2021 that he will not be running for reelection in the 2022 midterms.

“After 32 years of public service, I have decided not to seek re-election to Congress, so that I can enjoy my family and life in a fuller and more present way,” Katko declared in a statement. 

“My conscience, principles, and commitment to do what’s right have guided every decision I’ve made as a member of Congress, and they guide my decision today,” he added. “It is how I’ve been able to unite people to solve problems, and how I was rewarded with resounding victories in every single campaign for Congress.” 

Katko served as the Congressman of New York’s 24th congressional district since 2015. The New York representative presently serves as a standing member of the House Homeland Security Committee. 

According to a report by The Hill, the congressman was one of 10 Republicans in the U.S. House who voted to impeach Trump in 2021 following the January 5 protests.

In addition, Katko and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson helped create the January 6 Commission to investigate this incident. 

On top of that, Katko was one of 13 Republicans who voted in favor of the Biden administration’s so-called “infrastructure” legislation. 

Katko’s decision to impeach former President Donald Trump and vote for infrastructure legislation has made him lose support among the hardcore segments of the Republican base. Above all, he has lost support from Trump himself, who sent a letter to the Onondaga County Conservative Party in 2021 indicating his support for a primary challenger to square off against Katko. 

Other Republicans who voted for impeachment such as Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger and Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez have also retired, largely due to fears of going down in flames against primary insurgents.

Trump has become adept at using his bully pulpit to establish legislative discipline and loyalty within the party, to the point where any move to turncoat him, could result in a politician’s electoral defeat in the primaries or at least a dogfight in the primaries that could sully their image. 

It would benefit national populists to take advantage of this dynamic and use the primaries as a way to whack bad politicians and make them feel the pain for acting in a way that goes against Middle American interests. 

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