Former Black Panthers co-founder and current Congressman Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill) has now reportedly decided to join 24 other House Democrats who won’t be seeking re-election this year.
As The New York Post reports:
Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) will announce Tuesday that he will not seek reelection to a 16th term in Congress this November, he told the Chicago Sun-Times Monday.
Rush, co-founder of the Illinois Black Panther Party, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1992 and famously bested then-State Sen. Barack Obama in the 2000 House Democratic primary, making him the only person to defeat Obama in any election.
“I don’t want my grandchildren … to know me from a television news clip or something they read in a newspaper,” Rush, 75, told the Sun-Times.
“I want them to know me on an intimate level, know something about me, and I want to know something about them,” he added. “I don’t want to be a historical figure to my grandchildren.”
Rush has served 30 years in Congress, during which time he cultivated a reputation as a far-left partisan.