“People are wondering when he would decide to retire,” one associate told The Post. The confidante added that there is a distinct possibility that Nadler’s party could lose control of the House next year which would put the 74-year-old back in the minority.
“He has a fighting spirit but maybe now is the time to exit,” the insider told the paper.
The Post added: “A second person around Nadler said the congressman has refused to give a straight answer when the subject comes up. Nadler, like every member of the House, would be up for reelection in the 2022 midterms. He is unlikely to face a serious primary.”
The paper noted that Nadler has a history of being vigorous and vocal but that in recent years, age and issues with health are catching up and taking their toll. Two people told the outlet that after seeing him recently they noted that he could barely walk.
Nadler, who is chair of the House Judiciary Committee, almost collapsed during a press conference in Manhattan in 2019 and had to be rushed to a nearby hospital. In 2002, he notably underwent gastric bypass surgery after becoming so obese at one point he could not ride on the subway.
In 2020, his wife, Joyce Miller, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, which caused him to miss out on part of former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.
The lawmaker also made headlines recently when he remarked that violence against federal officers protecting a courthouse in Portland, Ore., last year during daily riots was a “myth.”
“That’s a myth that’s being spread only in Washington, D.C.,” Nadler told Austen Fletcher, host of the “FleccasTalks” series.
“About Antifa in Portland?” the man pressed.
“Yes,” Nadler responded.
“It’s not the first I’m hearing about it,” a Democratic consultant vet, Hank Sheinkopf, told The Post. “Does he really want to be in the minority next year? How much more can he get done.”
If Nadler does decide to call it quits, The Post noted that Scott Stringer, who is departing as NYC Comptroller and “is hunting for Plan B,” would likely consider running for the seat. He would also quickly become the favorite, according to Nadler’s associate.
“If he retires there would be three obvious frontrunners to replace him, Scott Stringer, Scott Stringer, and Scott Stringer,” the associate added.
“I am excited to work on the campaign to re-elect Congressman Nadler in 2022. We need his voice and clout in Congress like never before,” Stringer told The Post when he was asked about the departure rumors.
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