Devin Nunes resignation from Congress marks the end of a mistake


Eight years ago, as GOP House leaders struggled to deal with their most far-right members, a House Republican lashed out at Tory intransigence. It would not be enough to describe these Republican hardliners as “lemmings”, the GOP lawmaker said in 2013, “because jumping to their death is not enough for them.” He added that it made more sense to label them “lemmings with suicide vests”.

It was around the same time that Republicans in Congress shut down government in a partisan temper tantrum in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. The same House Republican spoke again, calling his party’s strategy “stupid”.

In 2015, this GOP lawmaker was so at odds with his party’s far-right flank that some conservatives described him as a “RINO” – a mocking acronym for “Republican In Name Only”.

The congressman’s name was Devin Nunes from California.

It seems like a long time ago, but there was a time when Nunes was seen as a moderate Republican on Capitol Hill who often seemed uncomfortable with his radical party leadership. Then Donald Trump took over GOP politics, at which point Nunes radically reshuffled his political personality, becoming a sycophantic lackey of his party’s new leader.

Even some of Nunes’ colleagues came to believe the Californian was working more for the Trump team than his constituents. Now, as NBC News reported, the congressman is formalizing that arrangement.

Representative Devin Nunes, R-Calif., One of former President Donald Trump’s staunchest supporters, is stepping down from Congress to become CEO of the Trump Media and Technology Group, NBC News confirmed Monday.

Some of the first reports yesterday suggested that Nunes had decided to retire in order to run the former president’s media company. That wasn’t quite true: the Republican congressman is in fact resigning and will step down from his seat later this month.

It was not an expected move. With the GOP preferred to regain a majority in the House after next year’s midterm elections, Nunes, the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was due to head the House Ways and Means Committee – one of the most important positions. most powerful and most wanted in the room.

His most recent campaign fundraising report showed Nunes nearly $ 12 million in cash, further suggesting the Republican was preparing to run for reelection.

He is nevertheless giving up his electoral career, at least for now, to become CEO of Trump’s new media entity. What does Nunes know about overseeing a media company? At first glance, nothing, although the outgoing congressman was prolific in filing bizarre lawsuits against Twitter, the Washington Post, McClatchy, CNN, and Hearst Magazines, among others.

Maybe he plans to build on that.

Also, Nunes’ job will change, but her responsibilities may not be this different. The GOP congressman has spent the past few years working for Trump and getting a pro-Trump message through the conservative media to Trump supporters.

As CEO of the Trump Media and Technology Group, the Republican seems likely to do the same.

That said, Nunes’ new job might be a bit more difficult than he thinks. NBC News reported yesterday that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is investigating one of the companies involved in the deal recently announced by Trump on social media. The Financial Sector Regulatory Authority (FINRA), which typically investigates things like insider trading, also examines the entity.

Good luck in the new gig, Congressman.

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