On Monday, suburban Orlando Democratic Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) announced she will retire from the House in 2022 after just three terms, citing the toll of time away from family. She becomes the 22nd House Democrat to exit, but more importantly, the co-chair of the Blue Dog Coalition joins a growing list of swing district moderates who have seen enough, including Reps. Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Conor Lamb (PA-17) and Ron Kind (WI-03).
Murphy had been a Democratic rising star: the Vietnamese refugee-turned-national security analyst flipped a GOP seat in 2016 and rejuvenated her party's pragmatic wing. Much as 2018 thinned the GOP's "young guns" roster, 2022 now threatens to be a Democratic talent drain.
That Murphy's video message comes on the heels of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin's refusal to vote for President Biden's social spending plan may be a coincidence but makes Democrats' predicament look even worse. Democratic leaders spent months corralling their most vulnerable members to stick their necks out for a nearly $2 trillion spending package that will be used against them in GOP ads, only for
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