Because our esteemed representative to the hallowed halls of congress isn't running for his 15th term.
Praise Jesus and pass me a beer...
He said he wanted to spend more time w/the grandkids. WTF? Perhaps it was because he has reached the highest pinnacle possible..Chair of the Ways and Means Comm. and he has to give it up at the end of this term.Sounds alot more plausible to moi.
Plus..methinks they,meaning the Repub power brokers, will be touting Kevin McCarthy for the office. In Fact, I would bet on it. Time for a younger guy that hasn't had time to develop ties to the pharmaceutical companies as Billy did. Those guys loved Bill Thomas..gave him as much campaign money as possible.
Lets wait and see who announces for the vacant seat. Let the fun begin!