Thursday, August 1, 2019

GOP members of Congress announce their retirements from the House early and often

Say goodbye to battle-scarred Martha Roby, who represents Alabama's 2nd congressional district.  She doesn't want to go through her 2018 re-election experience again.

GOP Rep. Martha Roby won't seek reelection.  (Politico, 7/26/2019)
The Alabama Republican — who narrowly escaped a bitter primary fight last year — had become a controversial figure in her home state after she disavowed her support for Donald Trump before he was elected president.

Source:  Ballotpedia
Former Montomgery mayor Bobby Bright ran as a Democrat and won the seat in 2008, which is probably why the Montgomery area was sliced and diced in the last round of redistricting.  Roby defeated him in 2010.

The art of the Alabama gerrymander

Sources:  CNN (US/AL), Daily Kos (AL 2nd CD)

The Obama elections:
  • 2008:  McCain, 64.5%; Obama 35.0%
  • 2012:  Romney, 62.9%; Obama 36.4%

Other Roby posts:
Alabama GOP Rep. Martha Roby on religious freedom and contraception.  (3/24/2016)
Planned Parenthood videos altered? Makes no never mind.  (11/29/2015)
No friend to the environment.  (11/14/2015)

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