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[WA10] Rep. Denny Heck, 'weary' after impeachment hearings, won't seek reelection

Oct 27, 2017
14,087
Seattle
You may have seen this guy, he’s an outspoken critic of Trump and is on the House Intelligence Committee. He’s definitely not one of the most progressive democrats in the house, but the 10th district leans left, but definitely has some large red pockets. I’m worried that the 10th might flip to republican in 2020.


Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee who participated in last month's impeachment hearings, said Wednesday he won't seek reelection next year.
Heck, 67, was first elected in 2012 to represent a district southwest of Seattle. He said in a Medium post he had time over the Thanksgiving recess for "rest and reflection," which led to his retirement decision.
"It is incredible work, but it takes its toll," Heck wrote. "Being away so much from Paula, my best friend and wife of nearly 44 years, can be lonely even when I am in a crowded room. At our age, however many 'good years' we have left together is not a growing number."
Heck also wrote that the process of compiling the intelligence committee's recent impeachment report had left him "discouraged" about continuing to serve in Congress.
"The countless hours I have spent in the investigation of Russian election interference and the impeachment inquiry have rendered my soul weary,"
 

Kirblar

Member
Oct 25, 2017
27,699
You may have seen this guy, he’s an outspoken critic of Trump and is on the House Intelligence Committee. He’s definitely not one of the most progressive democrats in the house, but the 10th district leans left, but definitely has some large red pockets. I’m worried that the 10th might flip to republican in 2020.

..... you shouldn't be.
Washington's 10th District is Democratic-leaning territory. Heck won reelection last year with 62 percent of the vote, and Hillary Clinton carried the district by an 11-point margin in 2016.
 

leder

Member
Oct 25, 2017
3,295
As someone else who knows the district well, I don’t think OPs worries about it flipping are unfounded.

the huge amount of urbanites moving there after being pushed out of Amazonia will probably keep it blue though.
 
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BringBackSonics
Oct 27, 2017
14,087
Seattle
As someone else who knows the district well, I don’t think OPs worries about it flipping are unfounded.

the huge amount of urbanites moving there after being pushed out of Amazonia will probably keep it blue though.
This is true, although those heading out to the south/east might impact the 8th, which I think Cook has as Even (compared to the 10th which is +5 D)