A whole lot of Republican congressmen have announced their retirements over the past year, but none of them will leave the kind of gaping hole that Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) will when he leaves Congress next year. The co-founder of the powerful House Freedom Caucus, Meadows has been a defiant supporter of conservatism, President Donald Trump, and the principles that made this country great. To say he will be missed would be an understatement.
“Obviously, I’ve looked at this as a temporary job,” Meadows told Politico. “Every year it’s a decision whether you’re going to run again. This is not me shrinking away from a fight. In fact, it’s just going to be continuing to fight in a different capacity, whether that’s officially as part of the Trump team or unofficially in my capacity as a sitting member of Congress.”
A source close to Meadows elaborated on the decision, hinting to Axios that this may not be the last we’ve seen of the lawmaker.
“Meadows has no immediate plans to jump into a new role. However, he is open to joining the Trump administration and says he will remain committed to supporting the president,” the source said.
The door would seem to be open on the other side, if Meadows were to seek a position with the Executive Branch. In a glowing statement, Jared Kushner said, “Congressman Meadows has been a warrior for the president and a champion of his agenda. We have greatly valued his guidance for the last three years in the administration, and I have no doubt that Mark will play an important role going into 2020.”
According to reports around Washington, Trump considered making Meadows his White House Chief of Staff last year. With rumors swirling that the president is unhappy with his current Acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, could it be that we’ll see Meadows take that (largely thankless) position?
We’ll find out soon enough, we’re sure.
“My work with President Trump and his administration is only beginning. This President has accomplished incredible results for the country in just 3 years, and I’m fully committed to staying in the fight with him and his team to build on those successes and deliver on his promises for the years to come. I’ve always said Congress is a temporary job, but the fight to return Washington, DC to its rightful owner, We The People, has only just begun,” Meadows said in a statement.