On the heels of several notable House Republican retirements, a pair of House Democrats are reportedly about to make their own announcements.
Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., who has been in office since 1997 and was one of the few remaining conservative Democratic members known as a 'Blue Dog,' is planning on retiring ahead of the 2014 election, Politico reports.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., is also expected to announce her retirement, according to Politico. Best known as a gun control advocate, McCarthy also took office in 1997. Though she was a registered Republican prior to running for Congress, the Long Island resident became an anti-gun crusader after her husband was killed and her son severely wounded in a mass shooting in 1993. She also announced last June she was diagnosed with lung cancer.
McIntyre's district will surely be a potential pickup for Republicans. Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney clobbered President Barack Obama by double-digits in 2012, while McIntyre barely won re-election.
"Mike's a talented politician and a nice guy, but there's just no room for folks like him in the Democrat Party anymore," Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., told Politico. "His retirement safely puts this seat in Republican hands."
Recent retirements by a handful of moderate Republicans had led to speculation that Democrats would potentially be primed to eat into the Republican advantage in the House, but it's likely more members on both sides will announce their retirement ahead of primary filing dates.