Runyan is retiring from Congress in 2014. Just FYI.
Runyan is retiring from Congress in 2014. Just FYI.
[Interior: Congressional office]
[Congressman Runyan picks up morning paper. Reads box score from UM-MSU game.]
[Camera zooms in on "-48"]
[Close-up: Runyan's eyes widen.]
Runyan: "Draft a press release..."
[Smash-cut: Runyan steps off greyhoud with duffle bag tossed over shoulder; walks to door of Schembechler Hall.]
(Runyan knocks twice on the front doors of Hoke's office)
(Hoke staring at film lost in thought...unshaven and with tired eyes...hears door knock and goes to answer)
(Hoke opens door and jaw drops; Runyan stands there grinning)
(They embrace like brothers)
Hoke (gruffly) "You sonofabitch".
Cut scene to Hoke and Runyan striding down the halls of Schembechler like
[Runyan strides into room. Hoke approaches. The manliest handshake ever ensues.]
"Runyan! What's the matter? Congress got you pushing too many pencils?"
I think we've really got something cooking here, boys!
"YOU SONUVA BITCH!"
Maybe manliest MANBALL can ensue after he gets to A2 and joins the staff.
Awesome. Love how the creator of that throws out all the teaching mumbo jumbo to ward off the legal dicks. Hilarity all around.
Any word as to why? Perceived lack of voter support? Frustration with the legislative? Health? Just not wanting to?
I know nothing about how his Congressional terms have gone or about his political career, in general.
No details in the brief blurb, one can speculate it would allow him the time to take in his son's college games? Granted, his son won't be playing until 2017 at the earliest probably.
Not to get political or anything, but I'm sure this is Obama's fault.
So was the MSU game. Nefarious plots and everything.
I know politics are verboten, but can we make an exception for Canadian politics? I mean, Toronto's mayor forgot about smoking crack because he was in an alcohol induced stupor. That's funny, right?
No idea why he is retiring. I am a political wonk, and this is definitely a bit of a surprise. He would be favored to keep his seat next year.
I feel like it's not uncommon for people to get very frustrated with their experience in Congress, when they realize that it's more about effectively playing the game than having good ideas.
There was a line of psychology research that I read quite a bit of in undergrad and grad school about what makes someone a "successful" (in the sense of achieving goals, not necessarily being popular or doing good) politician. Often being a thoughtful, results oriented person gets frustrating when that person realizes that spending countless hours putting together a balanced, comprehensive budget (for instance) means nothing if you can't "play the game."
EDIT: Just to be clear, I'm definitely not saying that this is Runyan. Just the first thing that came to mind when seeing that a relatively new/young Congressman makes the decision to walk away, somewhat surprisingly.
Often being a thoughtful, results oriented person gets frustrating when [ fill in blank with chosen activity] means nothing if you can't "play the game."
That's pretty universal, not just in politics or congress.
There's simply a whole bunch of ass-clown stupidness in this world. Thoughful, results oriented people have a limited capacity to put up it.
and Runyan, only in his 2nd Term, is a pretty heavy hitter. Fort Dix in his backyard and a member of the HASC and HVAC, he will be missed in House.
I live in South Jersey (just outside his district). He is well respected and could likely win re-election but there are a few factors (that we know of):
-He was frustrated by the "tea-party" efforts to shut down the government as a negotiating tactic. He could be getting frustrated in general by the lack of progress made in Congress (I know that I am...sorry let's not devolve into politics too much)
-He would likely be facing 2 fights for re-election. Although he could likely win both, he may not want the primary fight from a tea-party/not-so-moderate-republican in a primary and then a democrat in the general election. As others have correctly noted, he is more of a moderate republican & may not want to have to deal with fights on both sides.
-Then there is the fact that he made plenty of $$$ with the Eagles and maybe he just genuinely wants more family time...or some othere personal aspect that the public doesn't know.
Suprising...but there are potential reasons
No, you are correct, to win another term he will likely have a primary challenge fromt he right, and then have a grueling re-election fight in what is a purple district. It is very sad as he was a reasonable, moderate and -distinctly bi-partisan figure and we could use more of that.
I bet he is running for president.
If he does want to run for President, getting out of Congress is an excellent start. Amazingly, this is not a joke.
I wash myself with a raaaaaaaaag on a stick
Better if read by your avatar.
also played the guy in 8 Mile who was dating B. Rabbit's mom.
Our prez is gonna kick your a**! Steel cage grudge match style.
Maybe he should replace Funk?
come help coach the o-line at Michigan!!!!
please come play guard at Michigan!!!
to do some good in Ann Arbor?
sorry double post
I know he had been opposed to the shutdown last month. Maybe he didn't want a primary battle with a Tea Partier?
Yes I for one would welcome our new special O-Liine assistant.
Runyan is not a slimy, smarmy snake like most on both sides (we deal with a certain Mr. Cruz down here) and probably got sick of the posturing required to play the national politics game.
Here's the Washington Post post on his retirement: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/11/06/rep-jon-runyan-wont-seek-reelection/
On one hand, he's of the dying breed in the house -- a Moderate Republican. On the other, he's just the type to win a centrist district. If I had to guess, I would say he's sick of raising money and is reading the writing on the wall that says he's going to be primaried by a tea party guy.
This post is starting to slide down the slope of politics...
He'll probably run for governor, Lt governor, or, he's tired of Congress. I work there, the flying back and forth wears on them.
He could also have something to do with the Christie campaign, which is going to begin soon.
It's like 140 miles from Philly to DC, so I doubt it's the travel.
If you want to be a heavy hitter, you're going to see you're family less.
looks like those clowns in Congress did it again. What a bunch of clowns.
Maybe he wants the Governor's chair. The Fat Man (and I say that affectionately because I kind of like Christie's style) will probably be running for President in '16.
That would only create an opening if Christie were to win, meaning there won't be a vacancy there for another 4 years.
NJ has strict pay-to-play laws that would essentially require Christie to resign if he seeks higher office.
The W-Post article was updated to include this, Runyan's statement:
"After a great deal of thought and discussions with my family, I have decided not to seek re-election in 2014. Politics shouldn't be a career and I never intended to make it one. While it has truly been an honor to serve the people of New Jersey’s 3rd congressional District, at this stage in my life, and more importantly, the lives of my three children, spending time with them is my top priority. As I serve out the rest of my term, I will continue to work hard on behalf of the people of South Jersey."
Politics aside, the best thing he could do was walk away before his souls gets destroyed. Come back and coach the line!!
It's a lot easier when you have just one soul. Trying to maintain two is draining as hell.