GOP Rep. Francis Rooney announces retirement after two terms

Another GOP member of Congress has just added his name to the growing list of soon-to-be retirees.

Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) told Fox News host Leland Vittert on Saturday that he has accomplished what he came to Washington to do, and hopes to set an example for congressional term limits by voluntarily leaving after serving just two terms in office.

Setting an example

Rooney was asked Saturday if he thought he needed a third term.

“I don’t think I do, and I don’t really think I want one,” the congressman told Vittert. “I came here to get the money for the Everglades projects that had been languishing for many years and to try to get this offshore drilling ban passed to protect Florida.”

He added: “I thought it might take three terms, I said three terms, but I think I’ve done it in less than two. We’ve gotten over 10 times as much money per year for the Everglades as they ever got, we’ve got all the major projects underway.”

Rooney went on to say that “people need to realize” serving in Congress “is public service, not public life.”

“I’ve done what I came to do, and I want to be a model for term limits,” he said. “I thought the idea was you came and did your public service and left, you accomplish what you want to accomplish and left, that’s what I want to be an example to do.”

Talk of impeachment

Rooney also talked Saturday about the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Rooney is the sole Republican to have said he is considering supporting the inquiry, according to the Washington Examiner.

On Saturday, the congressman pointed to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s recent comments suggesting the president has the right to investigate corruption abroad, which some have taken as an admission of a quid pro quo.

“Mulvaney’s comments yesterday are probably going to cause people to rethink this just a little more,” Rooney told Vittert. “There was a clear quid pro quo admitted to by [Trump’s] chief of staff.”

But asked if there were any other Republicans leaning his way toward impeachment, Rooney said he didn’t know.

“I hope so,” he added. But with Democrats’ allegations getting less and less credible by the day, it doesn’t seem likely that Rooney’s hopes will come true.

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