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GOP Rep Open to Impeaching Trump Is Retiring

Francis Rooney is heading home to Florida after a single term
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2019 7:42 AM CDT
House Speaker Paul Ryan administers the House oath of office to Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.   (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)

(Newser) – Florida Republican Rep. Francis Rooney is full of decisions these days: On Friday, he said he's open to impeaching President Trump if it's "the right thing because I’ll be looking at my children a lot longer than I’m looking to anybody in this building." On Saturday, Rooney confirmed that he'll be spending a lot more time with aforementioned children soon as he's not seeking reelection. "I’ve done what I came to do," he says, per the Guardian. "I want to be the model for term limits." Rooney's district is solidly Republican and Democrats are unlikely to mount a serious challenge. He was elected in 2016, after serving as ambassador to the Vatican under former President George W. Bush. (Rooney is a pretty well-known Republican fundraiser.)

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