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Rumors Rising: Jerrold Nadler Considering Retirement, Report Says

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the long-serving New York liberal Democrat who has been instrumental in each of former President Donald Trump’s two impeachments, is considering retiring after his term expires during next year’s midterms, according to sources who spoke to the New York Post.

“People are wondering when he would decide to retire,” said one associate, who also went on to say that Democrats “could lose control of the House of Representatives next year, with Nadler facing a prolonged future in the minority,” The Post added.

“He has a fighting spirit but maybe now is the time to exit,” the insider noted further.

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The paper continued:

A second person around Nadler said the congressman has refused to give a straight answer when the subject comes up. Nadler, like every member of the House, would be up for reelection in the 2022 midterms. He is unlikely to face a serious primary.

Though the 74-year-old has long been a vigorous and vocal legislator, some say age and ill health have finally caught up with him. Two people who saw him recently said he could barely walk.

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In 2019 the Congressman nearly collapsed at a Manhattan press conference and had to be rushed to a hospital. He famously underwent gastric bypass surgery in 2002 and was once so obese he couldn’t use the subway. His wife Joyce Miller was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, forcing Nadler to miss part of President Trump’s impeachment trial.

“It’s not the first I’m hearing about it,” said veteran Democratic consultant Hank Sheinkopf in an interview with The Post. “Does he really want to be in the minority next year? How much more can he get done?”

Should Nadler decide to step aside, there is already a candidate well-positioned to take his place — another Democrat in the heavily blue district.

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“If he retires there would be three obvious frontrunners to replace him, Scott Stringer, Scott Stringer, and Scott Stringer,” said a Nadler associate.

Stringer is the outgoing NYC Comptroller; he lost his bid to become the city’s mayor-elect, a job that will be held by Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain who adopted a ‘tough-on-crime’ approach during his campaign.

“I am excited to work on the campaign to re-elect Congressman Nadler in 2022. We need his voice and clout in Congress like never before,” Stringer told the Post when he was asked about the retirement rumors.

Nadler, as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has continuously been a thorn in the side of Republicans who have complained that he wields his power over the important panel with an iron fist.

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In April, the committee’s ranking [minority] member, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, pressed Nadler over the latter’s support for packing the U.S. Supreme Court with far-left justices to counter its constitutionalist leaning.

Nadler refused to answer, though, gaveling Jordan into submission.

The back-and-forth came as President Biden issued an executive order forming a bipartisan commission that will perform a 180-day study of potential changes to the Supreme Court, including court-packing and setting term limits for justices.

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“The Commission’s purpose is to provide an analysis of the principal arguments in the contemporary public debate for and against Supreme Court reform, including an appraisal of the merits and legality of particular reform proposals,” the White House said in a statement.

“The topics it will examine include the genesis of the reform debate; the Court’s role in the Constitutional system; the length of service and turnover of justices on the Court; the membership and size of the Court; and the Court’s case selection, rules, and practices,” the White House added.

Since then, the commission has issued its first findings which did not include a recommendation to expand the court.

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