Sen. Pat Toomey Announces Retirement – Won’t Run for Re-Election in 2022
On Monday, Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA) announced that he will not run for reelection in 2022, saying that his plan is to return to the private sector.
According to Fox News, Toomey said that he will not be running for reelection nor running for governor of Pennsylvania.
Fox News reports that, aside from the open Senate seat that Toomey will be vacating, Democrat Governor Tom Wolf will be ineligible to run again due to term limits, which will cause two open seats in Pennsylvania during the 2022 midterms.
I will be making an announcement about my political future at 10:00 AM. You can watch live at the link below. https://t.co/zZWsOG23nW
— Senator Pat Toomey (@SenToomey) October 5, 2020
Toomey said that “The reasons why I have reached this decision are not political, they’re personal. Eighteen years is a long time. And I’ve spent little time as I can in Washington … but it still ends up being a lot of time … away from home. And I’m looking forward to more time back at home.”
Earlier in the year President Donald Trump blasted Toomey as a RINO after he criticized the Roger Stone pardon as a “mistake.”
Do RINO’S Pat Toomey & Mitt Romney have any problem with the fact that we caught Obama, Biden, & Company illegally spying on my campaign? Do they care if Comey, McCabe, Page & her lover, Peter S, the whole group, ran rampant, wild & unchecked – lying & leaking all the way? NO!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2020
According to a report from DC Bureau Chief Todd Zwillich of VICE before Toomey’s announcement, Donald Trump Jr’s name was among those that may be considered for the seat’s opening.
In my convos with PA Republicans today, among the many many names in the mix for the open Senate seat: @DonaldJTrumpJr. He’s played a deep role in Trump campaign in PA, has installed many allies in county and state party positions.
— Todd Zwillich (@toddzwillich) October 4, 2020
In 2017 Trump Jr. said at an event that he’d be interested in running for Governorship one day, but not for Congress.
If he changes his mind however, he already has a slogan picked out for him: Make Pennsylvania Great Again.