GOP Chief Says Feisty Lawmaker 'Is Done'

But Max Rose pushes back against Tom Emmer's dire prediction
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2019 10:15 AM CST
Updated Dec 21, 2019 10:26 AM CST
GOP Chief: Democrats' 'Obsession' Will Cost Them in 2020
This Sept. 18, 2019 file photo shows House Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism Co-Chairman Rep. Max Rose, D-NY during a hearing on "meeting the challenge of white nationalist terrorism at home and abroad" on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

The day after nearly every House Democrat voted to impeach President Trump, the chief of the House Republican campaign committee said the political fallout was clear, the AP reports. "Last night their obsession with impeachment finally came to a head, and they basically ended their majority," Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer said Thursday. "Max Rose is done," he continued, listing him among freshmen Democrats from districts Trump captured in 2016 who he said won't survive next November's elections. The feisty Rose, a Brooklyn native and Afghanistan combat veteran, sees things differently. "Mark my words, okay?" said Rose. "We are going to beat them by such a wide margin that next time around, they won’t even talk like this again, okay?"

It's too early to say who will be proven correct as Republicans wage a challenging struggle to regain the House majority they lost last year. But less than 11 months from federal elections, the near party-line House vote impeaching Trump locked in lawmakers' positions on the subject. Many moderate lawmakers from swing districts had spent months saying they were on the fence. Now, voters will decide whether to reward or punish incumbents for their choices. And while Republicans and Democrats are acknowledging other issues like the economy and health care costs, they are already using the bitter impeachment fight as weapons. "If you're a truth seeker or care about where the country is going, I think we cast the right vote," said Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill. Click for the full story.

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