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Tue Mar 27, 2018, 03:42 PM Mar 2018

GOP congressman retires in a way that almost certainly hands seat to Dems [View all]


On Tuesday, Republicans got a reality check on just how much trouble retirements within their ranks can cause them as they try to retain control of the House of Representatives in November.

It happened in the outer Philadelphia suburbs. Rep. Ryan Costello (R) is retiring after two terms in Congress, and he did it in a way that almost certainly hands Democrats the seat.


Whatever his reasons, Costello had decided to retire after the filing deadline for new candidates to enter the race had passed. That means Pennsylvania Republicans didn't have a chance to put a new candidate on the ballot, at least not without jumping through hoops that involved Costello staying on the ballot through the May primary. If Costello technically stepped aside after being nominated, the state Republican Party could pick someone to take his place. And then it could try to keep this seat, which has been in Republican hands since 2012.

But Tuesday, Costello said he wouldn't help them do that. As the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari reports, Costello said he will pull his name off that primary ballot — he is retiring, after all — rather than run in the primary and drop out after he wins. That leaves little-known lawyer Greg McCauley as the only Republican on the ballot. Election analysts at Cook Political Report say he is too conservative for the district, and they give the upper hand to the Democrat in the race, Chrissy Houlahan.
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Well.. cannabis_flower Mar 2018 #1
I listened to Costello an hour ago erlewyne Mar 2018 #26
I would bet that he suspects exactly that response from a lot of Dems.. Volaris Mar 2018 #31
Once again the republican party wants to cheat MagickMuffin Mar 2018 #2
We do it also, finding ways to use the system to advantage. Hortensis Mar 2018 #24
Costello interview this morning was interesting to say the least. Wellstone ruled Mar 2018 #3
that strategy pretty much sounds like business as usual for the repubs groundloop Mar 2018 #23
Appears personnal attack Politics of Trump Wellstone ruled Mar 2018 #25
Sounds to me like Costello is calling it quits with the GOP, not just retiring. nt Hekate Mar 2018 #4
That's how I read it. Disgusted with them for some reason? SharonAnn Mar 2018 #20
That's my district. So happy.. mvd Mar 2018 #5
Maybe the Eagle win will spread to the Dems BigmanPigman Mar 2018 #10
The gerrymandering was horrific mvd Mar 2018 #14
Well, no Russian/NRA money for him!!!! dameatball Mar 2018 #6
Yippee!! thucythucy Mar 2018 #7
What is up with this guy ? magicarpet Mar 2018 #8
Conscience maybe? paleotn Mar 2018 #18
I think that there are a lot of Republicans who believed certain things and do not want to LiberalArkie Mar 2018 #9
This looks like a nice opportunity for PA Democrats! FakeNoose Mar 2018 #11
Here's her pic. longship Mar 2018 #12
Aww! I know it's not supposed to matter, but she is adorable!! flibbitygiblets Mar 2018 #27
So thats what he sounds like SallyHemmings Mar 2018 #13
I read up on Chrissy Houlahan, she is impressive. Blue_true Mar 2018 #15
If you can't win an election with a lady named Houlahan in Philly bucolic_frolic Mar 2018 #16
Excuse me: ''Retires''? Fritz Walter Mar 2018 #17
Different retirement systems Major Nikon Mar 2018 #22
He will not get early retirement with full benefits. He will have to wait. Marcuse Mar 2018 #30
Wonder why he timed it that way? Orange Free State Mar 2018 #19
Sucks to be a Republican these days, doesn't it? PJMcK Mar 2018 #21
This is why Dems need to always have candidates ready everywhere IronLionZion Mar 2018 #28
If he only did two terms he has no pension coming. pwb Mar 2018 #29
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