Luis Gutierrez Officially Announces Retirement; Hints At 2020?

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Posted: Nov 28, 2017 3:35 PM
Luis Gutierrez Officially Announces Retirement; Hints At 2020?

Leah wrote this morning about how Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) stunned Washington on Monday evening when reports surfaced that he would not be running for reelection even though he had recently filed the paperwork to do so. Tuesday afternoon, Gutierrez made it official and said that he was endorsing Cook County commissioner Chuy Garcia to replace him come 2018. 

In the meantime, Gutierrez says that he'll be focusing on immigration rights and on the rebuilding efforts in Puerto Rico. Remaining in Congress, he said, would be an impediment to both of these things. 

He also said that he has "no intentions or desire" to run for governor of Puerto Rico.

Obviously, this "2020" remark didn't go unnoticed:

Obviously, this is far too early to consider anyone's real 2020 endeavors, but it's certainly interesting. Gutierrez has made immigration his signature issue, and it's something that will certainly still be in play during the next election cycle.