Democrats near Kind stated he acknowledged his reelection can be more durable this 12 months, with Van Orden, a retired Navy SEAL, in search of a rematch. The GOP candidate raised a whopping $750,000 final quarter, outpacing the incumbent. Still, Democratic lawmakers and strategists had anticipated Kind — who serves on the coveted Ways and Means panel — to run once more.
The first phrase of Kind’s retirement shocked Democrats, his determination representing a disappointing flip for a lot of who believed that they had largely dodged a pre-midterm exodus.
Kind’s now-open seat joins a frightening checklist of different races Democrats should fear about as they head into the 2022 cycle on protection in opposition to an emboldened GOP, a doubtlessly perilous redistricting and years of historical past pointing to the social gathering in energy often dropping in the midterms.
Kind is the newest swing-district Democrat to not seek reelection, together with Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.) and Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), who introduced his Senate bid final week.
Kind’s district, which spans southwestern Wisconsin, is one in all solely a handful of seats nationwide the place Trump’s help elevated between 2016 and 2020. His seat was not anticipated to alter considerably in redistricting, on condition that the state shouldn’t be gaining or dropping a district, and there may be cut up partisan management of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion.
The subsequent steps for Kind, who’s 58, aren’t clear. The Wisconsin Democrat didn’t rule out a bid for Senate earlier this 12 months, and a few Democrats have privately speculated that he might seek a statewide bid, although the first is already crowded.
Kind is a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and was a longtime chief for the average New Democrats. He usual a status as a mild-mannered unbiased who wasn’t afraid to buck Speaker Nancy Pelosi and even opposed her in management races.
Although near House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Kind wasn’t shy in saying he thought the Democratic Caucus wanted new management after being led by the identical crew — Pelosi, Hoyer and Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) — for greater than a decade.
Despite his longtime opposition to Pelosi, Kind did vote for her for speaker earlier this 12 months in a razor-thin victory for what will be the California Democrat’s final management race.
Earlier this summer time Kind sounded on the fence about retirement, saying he nonetheless loved “the work” however, “It’s just gotten nasty and so polarized.”
“When two-thirds of your colleagues across the aisle, hours after the insurrection, come in and vote to overturn the election result. What’s going on?” he added.
James Arkin contributed to this report.