| Wasn't running for re-election
by Brian Leubitz
Rep. Cardoza was out of a seat after redistricting, and rather than running against Jim Costa, a fellow moderate Democrat, chose not to run for re-election. Today he announced that he'll be jumping ship right away.
Citing sensitive family needs, Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced, has tendered his immediate resignation from the House of Representatives. The surprisingly timed departure takes effect at midnight Wednesday. (SacBee)
Given that the Republicans have a large majority as it is, I'm not sure this makes that big of a difference going forward in the House. However, the early retirement six months before his scheduled date was a bit of a surprise.
UPDATE: And right away he gets a job as a lobbyist. Awesome system.