Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a member of GOP leadership, just made a shocking move and said he will not run for reelection in 2022. He would have won easy so this is an odd move unless he is just fed up with the swamp and wants out.
This is one of many high-profile Senate retirements for the Republicans. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) have all announced they won’t run again. Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) is also not running.
“After 14 General Election victories, three to county office, seven to the United States House of Representatives, and four statewide elections, I won’t be a candidate for reelection to the United States Senate next year,” Blunt said in a video.
Blunt is 71 and did say that he will finish out his current term which ends in 2022.
“In every job Missourians have allowed me to have, I’ve tried to do my best,” Blunt said.
“In almost 12,000 votes in the Congress, I’m sure I wasn’t right every time, but you really make that decision based on the information you have at the time.
“There is still a lot to do, and I look forward to every day this year and next year as I continue to work for you in the Senate.
“Another lesson I learned here: Finish strong. And I intend to,” the senator said.
“My mom and dad used to milk cows in this dairy barn. It’s a long way from here to the United States Capitol, but the things I learned here continue to shape how I work for our country and for our state.
“One of the main lessons was to always finish the work that could get done that day. You also understood that you had to use the tools and resources you had, not the ones that you wished you had.
“That practical sense of getting the job done, combined with great staff and good legislative partners from both sides, has advanced health research on cancer and Alzheimer’s — and on diseases you may only know about if someone in your family has it.
“It’s made mental health more likely to be treated like all other health.
“It’s strengthened how we gather intelligence on our adversaries and focused on national defense as the number one priority of the federal government.
“That focus on getting the job done has also helped me understand what it takes to help create an environment of opportunity.
“I’ve worked for things that can produce a better prepared workforce. And where we live when you combine that with transportation systems that work, utility bills families can pay, and no more government regulations than we have to have good, family-supporting jobs follow.”