U.S. House Rep G.K. Butterfield is reportedly expected to announce tomorrow that he doesn’t plan to seek a tenth term in Congress.
Butterfield’s office told Spectrum 1 News that “the official announcement will be made later today or tomorrow,” but would not confirm or deny the reports of the congressman’s retirement.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added Butterfield to its list of vulnerable Democrats the group is targeting ahead of next year’s midterm races earlier this month.
Butterfield was facing an uphill battle between redistricting making his district more competitive and a likely stiff re-match with Republican Sandy Smith.
In a tweet, Smith declared, “I won my primary by 77% of the vote last cycle. Pretty decisive. The general election I overperformed many before me. Just sayin’.”
Smith has been endorsed by a number of conservative leaders and today, she was endorsed by Arizona GOP State Rep Mark Finchem.
(Media Right News) House Candidate Sandy Smith Taunts G.K. Butterfield After Retirement Announcement: ‘Please Don’t Delete and Files or Shred any Paperwork in My Office’
“With re-districting and a possible red wave coming our way, Democrat NC U.S. House Rep G.K. Butterfield has decided to go out on a “high note” and retire. This was one possible option he had, the other being to run against Republican Sandy Smith, who has been building her brand in North Carolina as a Trump supporter, virulent gun rights advocate, and pro-life, fundraising juggernaut.”
(MAGA Conservatives) Powerful Dem From NC Will Retire Rather Than Seek Reelection In Blow To Nancy Pelosi
“Numerous Dems in the House have announced they will not run again, some in safe seats. Those don’t want to be in the powerless minority. And the big shoe has yet to drop because many believe Nancy Pelosi will not run. The latest Dem to bow out is from North Carolina. Rep. G.K. Butterfield plans to announce his retirement today according to multiple media sources. Butterfield is a 74-year-old Democrat from Wilson. He has been a civil rights advocate, a judge, and since 2004 a congressman representing Eastern North Carolina.”