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Pelosi’s Majority Crumbles: Dem Rep. Brown Leaving House, Launching Bid for Maryland AG

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Another top Democrat is resigning from Congress.

Maryland Democrat Rep. Anthony Brown has announced that he will not be running for re-election.

Brown will be stepping down from his House seat and will be running to become Maryland’s attorney general.

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“We’ve made progress over the years, but too many barriers exist for too many Marylanders, from health care and housing to the environment and education, to workplaces, policing and the criminal justice system,” Brown, 59, said in his campaign announcement video. “I’m running for attorney general to dismantle those barriers.”

Maryland’s current attorney general, Democrat Brian Frosh, is retiring in 2022.

“Brown represents Maryland’s 4th Congressional District, which is mainly made up of portions of Prince George’s County. He has represented the district since 2017. He easily won re-election in 2020 with nearly 80 percent of the vote,” the Epoch Times reported.

“Brown has had a long career in politics. He was a member of Maryland’s General Assembly before serving as Maryland’s lieutenant governor. He launched a gubernatorial bid that failed before winning his first House race. Glenn Ivey, a Democrat, and former Prince George’s County prosecutor, is planning to run for the seat Brown is leaving,” the Epoch Times added.

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Last week, Kentucky Democrat Rep. John Yarmuth announced late on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of his term in 2023.

Yarmuth, who has been in Congress for 15 years, serves as chair of the powerful House Budget Committee.

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Republicans are now “the early favorites,” to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterm elections.

National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmer is very confident that Republicans will take back the U.S. House of Representatives next year.

Emmer said Republicans are going to retire House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once and for all.

“If you sit back and be quiet, you’re not gonna be happy with what these socialist Democrats are gonna do to our country, cause this is no longer a choice between a degree of freedom — the right of someone to self-determine versus the size and scope of government — this is literally a choice between two fundamentally different views of the United States of America. On one side, the socialists, they wanna make all the decisions for you. On the other side, we still believe in free markets and the right of people to achieve their American dream on [sic] by hard work and playing by the rules,” he said.

Cook Political Report Senior Editor David Wasserman told NBC News that Republicans are poised to retake the lower chamber for a variety of reasons.

“Based on all factors, you’d have to consider Republicans the early favorites for the House majority in 2022,” Wasserman said.

“But as we found out in 2020, surprises can happen, and it’s not a done deal,” he added. “Democrats’ best hope is that Biden’s approval rating stays above 50% and that Republicans have a tougher time turning out their voters without Trump on the ballot.”

Last month, a top House Democrat warned that the Republican Party is in a prime position to take back House in next year’s midterm elections.

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Sean Patrick, who serves as a congressman from New York, says Democrats would lose their House majority if the midterms were held today.

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Speaking with Politico, Tim Persico, executive director of the Maloney-led DCCC, shared data with incumbents showing that several House Democrats are at risk of losing their seats to Republican challengers.

Republicans need a net gain of 5 seats to regain the House majority in the midterms next November.

And the once-in-a-decade redistricting process – pegged to the 2020 census – is expected to generally favor Republicans over Democrats.

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