News of the planned retirement of North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows (R) shocked D.C., but his seat already appears to be in good hands.
After Meadows announced he would not be running for re-election in 2020, two Republicans have already declared that they will run to replace him and keep Meadows’ seat in GOP hands, the Washington Examiner reports.
Meadows has been a major ally of Donald Trump throughout the president’s first term. He has never wavered in his support of the president, and has had no problem going on TV to let his opinion of this farce of an impeachment process be heard.
The congressman also has Trump’s ear, which is what makes his retirement even more puzzling.
Meadows gave no inclination as to why he is leaving office, other than to give the impression that this was a decision he came to collectively with his family.
He did, however, tout the accomplishments of Trump, as well as say that this fight against the swamp has “only just begun.”
The fact that Meadows has played such a significant role as an ally to Trump was not lost on those seeking the GOP nomination.
State Senator Jim Davis, one of the candidates vying to replace Meadows, called the congressman’s retirement a “huge blow to western North Carolina.”
After admitting that it will not be easy to fill Meadows’ shoes, he did say that he openly supports Trump and will work with him just as tirelessly as the retiring congressman has.
Davis has had an “A” rating by the National Rifle Association (NRA) since his career began, and he is also a pro-life advocate.
The other candidate to announce is Haywood County Republican Chairwoman Lynda Bennett. She has already won the support of the Asheville Tea PAC, who cited Meadows’ work against the so-called “Deep State” in its statement of support.
Based on the wording of that endorsement, it seems apparent that Bennett will also be an ally to Trump, rather than a RINO who works in tandem with Democrats.