A particularly powerful Democratic Congresswoman: Stephanie Murphy of Florida has announced that she is not running for reelection in 2022. Citing time away from her family that she described as “hard” and a “personal sacrifice” as both are to be sure, she made the announcement on December 20th via social media. Murphy now joins 22 other Democrats including Reps. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) who have also announced they are also stepping down according to The New York Post.
I've decided not to seek another term in Congress. Serving Central Florida has been the honor of my life, but it's also been incredibly challenging for my family and me.
This was not an easy decision, but it is the right decision. Thank you for everything. pic.twitter.com/UaOufbPOSo
— Stephanie Murphy (@SMurphyCongress) December 20, 2021
There Are Reasons For Stepping Down, And REASONS For Stepping Down.
However, since then, media speculation has abounded that her decision could be related to serious threats she has received in connection to her seat upon Nancy Pelosi’s hyper-partisan, politically vengeance-driven January 6th Committee, one of which already led to an arrest after a close-call.
“These last few years have been some of the most rewarding moments of my life, but also some of the most challenging. Public service is not without personal sacrifice,” Murphy said in her video post.
“As a mom of two young children, my time away from them has been hard,” Murphy added. “So, I wanted to share with you that I will not be seeking another term as your representative in Congress. This was not an easy decision, but it was the right decision.”
Murphy’s addition to the Jan. 6th committee came as a surprise to many, as the first Vietnamese-American woman in the House has proven to be a moderate Blue-dog Democrat and a well-known thorn in Pelosi’s side. Murphy also sits on the powerful Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Armed Services Committee, and holds the office of House Chief Deputy Whip. In short, she’s a powerful woman in her own right.
An Opening for Florida Republicans, One Way Or The Other
Under the currently prevailing redistricting model, Murphy’s district was set to be dismantled, though she has claimed to be confident in a win, no matter which map is chosen, her withdrawal presents a chance to several GOP candidates who have an opportunity to catch the Florida Democratic party flat-footed.
“Murphy has several GOP challengers who have already posted strong fundraising numbers. Cory Mills, a businessperson and Army veteran, had nearly $500,000 in the bank by the end of September. Also running: Navy veteran Brady Duke and state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, though Murphy allies noted she has more cash on hand than her GOP opponents combined.”
This late into the game, with no prospective candidate though, that extra funding which Murphy could potentially pass on if ending her political career could be meaningless.