House Judiciary Speaker Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has said he will run “absolutely” in the 2022 midterm election, denying growing reports and speculation that the longtime Democrat is preparing to retire.
Nadler “dismissed” rumors that he would be retiring, while calling them “crap,” according to Manu Raju – an infamous Congressional journalist who usually patrols the halls of Congress to hunt down Republicans and other members . Nadler said he would show up “absolutely” at the halfway point.
If the congressman were to truly retire today, he would be the twentieth Democrat to announce his retirement and the fourth chairman of the committee. As he is a close confidant of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) – voting with her 99% of the time – and has yet to officially declare that he is running, Nadler may be waiting longer. to see what’s going on with the rest of his party. There has also been speculation that Pelosi has called on him to step down from the House, instead of eventually having to work in a minority if Democrats lose their slim majority.
There was a report in November of New York Post according to “insiders” that Nadler could resign after his current two-year tenure expires in 2022. One of the insiders told the To post that “people are wondering when he would decide to retire,” since he has yet to announce his candidacy for re-election.
Another person close to the Democrat told the To post, “The congressman declined to give a direct response when the matter is brought up.”
Nadler’s departure would not come as a surprise to some, as he has had health issues for the past two years. In 2019, the To post Nadler, then 71, “almost collapsed and had to be rushed to hospital” reported during a press conference with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. After that, Nadler claimed that due to the “very hot” room he “felt a little sick” and said he was “obviously dehydrated”.
In 2002, Nadler also underwent gastric bypass surgery during the August vacation after facing “decades of health-threatening obesity” and peaking at 338 pounds before surgery, according to a press release at the time. He wrote: “I want to live to watch my grandchildren grow up … How many overweight 80 year olds do you know?
Additionally, the congressman rushed home last year and missed part of former President Donald Trump’s impeachment to be with his wife, Joyce Miller, after he was diagnosed with a pancreatic cancer.
Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow it on Twitter.