Retiring Rep. Duffy: 'Democrats Stick Around Forever,' While Republicans 'Transition'

By Susan Jones | September 6, 2019 | 5:52am EDT
President Donald Trump sits next to Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) in the Cabinet Room of the White House on January 24, 2019. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

( - Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) announced on August 26 that he will leave Congress before his fourth term is up because his ninth child will need heart surgery when the baby's born in October.

On Thursday, Duffy told Fox Business, "it was sad to say goodbye," but he knows he's doing the right thing for his family. He said he's not sure what the future holds for him, but he knows it's time for a change:

I think what's unique  is, people are saying, I'm not a lifetime member of Congress. Service is not for a lifetime. I'm going to come in. I'm going to serve. I'm going to give my talents to my country and the people I represent. And then, I'm going to do something else.

So, I think this is, you know, just a natural transition that happens, you know, in the House, and especially with Republicans. We have better transition than Democrats. Democrats stick around forever. We come in and we go out.


Duffy is one of 13 House Republicans who have announced their intention to retire. Only three Democrats have said they will leave Congress in 2020.

"I don't know what my future holds," Duffy said. "I'm just going to focus on family now and see what comes around the corner. But, listen, I'm hopeful for our state, and I think, you know, we have a -- we have a great deep bench in Wisconsin."

Duffy said his retirement, and that of long-time Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) is only going to help Trump in 2020: "I don't know what my future holds, I'm just going to focus on family now and see what comes around the corner. But, listen, I'm hopeful for our state, and I think, you know, we have a -- we have a great deep bench in Wisconsin."

Duffy also said he's not giving up on what he called "the greatest fight of our generation."

I mean, this is -- this is a battle between free enterprise and capitalism versus socialism. I love that fight because I believe in the American model that has made this country so great and so prosperous, and so innovative, and so generous. I love that.

And I want to fight to preserve it. But, if you don't first fight to, you know, keep your family strong, you know, what do you -- what do you have? I mean, our whole country is built on the strength of our family. And so, I got to tell you, it was -- it was -- it was sad to say goodbye.

It was sad to, you know, write the Facebook post that I put out and say I'm going to -- I'm going to step aside, right now, because I've worked so hard and I'm so passionate about what I'm doing. But my family needs me, I got to -- I'm going to have a different schedule, and so that's the choice that I made and, you know, who knows what the future holds.

But I got to tell you, what I -- whether we're talking about trade or the economy or taxes or regulation. I think the things that we have done have made our family stronger, have made our economy stronger, and, you know, I'm very hopeful for the Republican Party to continue those policies as opposed to this progressive socialist left that's being pushed by the Democrats.


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