Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is reportedly not seeking a run for political office in 2022.
Toomey will serve out the rest of his term through 2022, but the reported Senate and gubernatorial opening will give Democrats a notable opportunity to gain a stronger presence in the upper chamber of Congress and in the state, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer. He also will reportedly not seek a run to be the state’s governor.
Toomey’s office did not confirm or deny the report to the Philadelphia Inquirer, but a formal announcement about the Republican’s plan is reportedly expected on Monday. Toomey’s office declined to comment when reached by the Washington Examiner.
Political insiders reportedly anticipated Toomey to reach a decision following the November general election, and his reasoning behind declining to run for political office remains unknown.
Democrats are hoping to gain a majority in the Senate and maintain their majority in the House of Representatives following the general election. Republican Senators, such as Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, have warned that Democrats will very likely end the legislative filibuster and expand the Supreme Court should they gain a majority.
“If the Democrats prevail on Election Day, and if we wake up in January with Biden, Schumer, and Pelosi controlling the federal government, I think the odds that Democrats end the filibuster are 100%. I think every Democrat will vote to end the filibuster,” Cruz told the Washington Examiner last week. “I think the odds are very high that one of the first acts of a Democratic majority would be to add two new states to the United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Their reason for that is crassly political, that, in their judgment, those two would elect four Democratic senators. And so, if we start January with 50 Democratic senators, their objective would be to end the year with 54 Democratic senators and further cement their hold on power.”
The impetus behind Democratic threats followed Senate Republicans pushing ahead with confirming Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Trump’s third high court nominee. Democrats, including presidential nominee Joe Biden, have demanded Trump wait until there is a winner in the November election to nominate a justice to the court.
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