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Gaetz, Conservatives blame GOP Leadership for 2018 loss
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Gaetz, Conservatives blame GOP Leadership for 2018 loss

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When Democrats took over the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans from all walks of life and ideologies, starting pointed the finger at who or what was responsible for their  loss of power.

Some blame veteran Republican congressman that left because their cushy committee chairmanships were up, others blame the Conservative Freedom Caucus for not playing nice with leadership, and others just put it all on  then-presidential candidate Donald Trump for causing legislators to want to leave.

Florida Congressman and one of President Trump’s closest allies in the House, Matt Gaetz, says that Republican leadership allowed “big insurance” to take over the healthcare debate instead of just repealing the controversial law like most Republican legislators promised to do.

Obamacare was the top issue during the 2018 mid-term election and Republicans failed miserably to counter any and all of the Democratic arguments.

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While Gaetz’s is partly right, in speaking to other members of congress and Hill staffers, the swing of power to Democrats occurred when 30+ lawmakers decided to not seek re-election, helping prime their seats for Democratic “Blue Wave” of 2018.

The power of incumbency is real. Incumbent legislators wield significant status and usually have a pile of money ready to use for re-election. This is a given.

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Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning South Florida-based political journalist owns Diverse New Media, Corp. which publishes Floridianpress.com, Judicialpost.com, shark-tank.com, and Hispolitica.com He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming and biking. He ran as a Republican in the 2018 congressional primary race in Florida's CD 22. Javier is also a political consultant, and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at www.brownpeople.org Email him at [email protected]

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