Numerous supporters of former President Donald Trump have acknowledged the biggest red marks on his presidency were the choices he made in staffing his administration and placed trust in all the wrong individuals.
He listened to Anthony Fauci about the pandemic. As his Attorney General he appointed first Jeff Sessions, then Bill Barr, and put Christopher Wray in charge of the FBI. What’s more he planted Ronna McDaniel – a close relative of Mitt Romney of all people – at the top of the Republican National Committee, leading to disaster after disaster in recent elections.
And perhaps worst of all in terms of America’s future, he elevated Nikki Haley to national prominence by making her his United Nations Ambassador.
But many think his decision to tap Mike Pence as his Vice President in 2016 put the writing on the wall for the rest.
The Washington D.C. Swamp political class of course hailed the decision and practical reasons – i.e. theirs – behind it.
But despite his on-paper qualifications, Pence’s actions many argue are what ultimately doomed Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.
That includes countermanding Trump and his strategists’ plan to let the political and legal process play out regarding the 2020 election – namely certifying results they disputed instead of putting the question to Congress and potentially the Supreme Court.
Pences’ moves since – aligning with leftist perspectives on the January 6 protest and launching his own now failed 2024 campaign to try to take out Trump in the 2024 Republican Presidential primaries – have only further drawn Trump and Conservatives’ ire.
And yet it seemed for a time the only price Pence would pay would be the destruction of his own Presidential ambitions.
But that just changed.
Because now Mike Pence isn’t the only Pence whose political career is over.
His brother, Greg Pence is about to be out of a job.
— Rep. Greg Pence (@RepGregPence) January 9, 2024
Greg Pence is the U.S. Representative for Indiana’s 6th Congressional District, serving the good people in the eastern central portion of the state.
However, he won’t be for much longer.
As you can see above, Rep. Pence announced on Twitter that he will not be seeking a fourth term in the People’s Chamber.
“In 2017, I ran for Congress because I was Ready to Serve Again,” Pence posted. “As a former Marine Officer, I approached the job with purpose. After three terms, I’ve made the decision to not file for reelection.”
Back in 2022, Rep. Pence received a glowing endorsement from former President Trump.
President Donald J. Trump announces his endorsement of Congressman Greg Pence pic.twitter.com/DCkIdzvIsD
— Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) April 29, 2022
However, that was before the former Vice President decided to run against his old boss.
It is uncertain if Trump would have once again lent his support to another Pence campaign.
While Mike Pence’s brother will no longer serve in Congress, that doesn’t necessarily mean Democrats are one seat closer to regaining a House majority.
Indiana’s 6th district is solidly red.
Neither Hillary Clinton nor Joe Biden could even crack 30% of the vote in 2016 and 2020 respectively.
In fact, dating back to 2022, the Republican House candidate in the district has received about 60% or better every cycle.
In 2022, Greg Pence won re-election 67.5-32.5.
Greg Pence isn’t the only Indiana Republican representative leaving Congress next year.
The 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon has also announced he won’t be seeking re-election.
His seat is just as Republican-friendly as Pence’s.
Nationwide, the Associated Press is reporting more than two dozen House seats will be open as the current incumbents are either seeking other elected offices or retiring from politics.
Political Animal News will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.