Trump Critic GOP Congressman Charlie Dent Will Not Seek Reelection

It was reported late Thursday that Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) will not seek reelection.

Dent, the co-chairman the moderate GOP caucus Tuesday Group, will be finishing his seventh term serving the 15th District of the swing state.

“Accomplishing the most basic fundamental tasks of governance is becoming far too difficult,” Dent said in an interview. “It shouldn’t be, but that’s reality.”

Dent was an outspoken critic of then-candidate and now President Donald Trump. During the election, he was a #NeverTrump Republican who did not support the party’s nominee. And earlier this year, he claimed that Trump was “destroying the GOP.”

This announcement follows Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), also saying they are not seeking reelection. Both serve in swing districts.

But as the Washington Post reports, the GOP may hold on to Dent’s seat:

His district, encompassing the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem and much of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley, leans Republican, though not overwhelmingly so. It leans GOP by four points, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, though Dent has shown significant crossover appeal. Donald Trump carried the district last year by eight points, while Dent won by 20 points.


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