Every election cycle brings a new wave of congressional contenders, but the odds of success are remarkably low. With 97 percent of incumbents winning reelection last year, there are plenty of former congressional wannabes moving on with their lives.
We covered on Monday some of next year’s potential rematches, as the Democrats who lost in 2016 see a far more favorable environment in the midterm under President Trump. But many others are headed for a new adventure.
Kathleen Matthews (MD-08) and Morgan Carroll (CO-06) were elected in the last couple of months to chair their respective state Democratic parties, while Democrat Annette Taddeo (FL-26) recently announced for a competitive state Senate special election in September and Republican Jack Martins (NY-03) is running this fall for Nassau County executive.
Katie McGinty (PA-SEN), who lost an expensive and high-profile challenge to Republican Pat Toomey, joined life-sciences venture firm Militia Hill Ventures as a partner in April.
And as of this month, a couple of Democrats are part of state administrations. Colleen Deacon (NY-24) was appointed central regional director by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and Steve Santarsiero (PA-08) was appointed a chief deputy attorney general.
— Kyle Trygstad