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Fri Apr 30, 2021, 02:36 PM

Illinois Democrat and former DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos won't seek reelection

Source: CBS News

Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos, the former chair of the House Democratic campaign arm, announced Friday she will not seek reelection in 2022. Her announcement comes days after apportionment numbers released by the Census Bureau showed that her state would lose a Congressional seat during redistricting.

In an announcement video, Bustos said, "It will be a new decade, and I feel it is time for a new voice."

"As for my tenure in Congress, my mission was never defined by the people in the corridors of Washington, but by the people in our communities, who I've been lucky enough to meet every day," she said.

Bustos' northwest Illinois district voted for former President Trump by slim margins in 2016 and 2020. The congresswoman won her 2020 race by 4%, her tightest race since she was first elected in 2012.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/illinois-democrat-and-former-dccc-chair-cheri-bustos-won-t-seek-reelection/ar-BB1geluX?li=BBnbfcQ&ocid=DELLDHP

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Reply Illinois Democrat and former DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos won't seek reelection (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 30 OP
Midwestern Democrat Apr 30 #1
murielm99 Apr 30 #2
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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 07:19 PM

1. There's no way this was a planned retirement - the only reason anyone would take on something

like DCCC Chair is if they have ambitions for advancement/leadership - no one would take that on if they were planning on leaving congress two years later.

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Response to Midwestern Democrat (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 07:41 PM

2. She may be planning to run for Durbin's seat.

Durbin was just reelected, but he is 76 years old. He has been a mentor to Bustos.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Fri Apr 30, 2021, 07:53 PM

3. Illinois is losing a House seat...now the Dems in the state house can gerrymander the shit

out of Bustos' district and reduce the harm of that.

Good for the goose, etc.

And as somebody said, it's probably a move toward a 2026 run for Durbin's seat.

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