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House Ethics Chairman Becomes Latest Dem To Jump From Sinking Ship

Another pro-Israel Democrat chased out of Congress

Rep. Ted Deutch (D., Fla.) / Getty Images
• February 28, 2022 3:25 pm

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Rep. Ted Deutch (Fla.), the chairman of the House Ethics Committee, on Monday became the 31st House Democrat not to run for reelection in November.

Deutch, who has served in Congress since 2010, will retire at the end of his term this year, he announced on Twitter. CBS Miami's Jim De Fede reported that Deutch is expected to join the American Jewish Committee, which combats anti-Semitism and advocates for Israel.

Deutch made headlines in September after he slammed fellow Democratic representative Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) for anti-Semitic statements she made as the House debated defense funding for the Jewish state.

"I cannot allow one of my colleagues to stand on the floor of the House of Representatives and label the Jewish democratic state of Israel an apartheid state," Deutch said. "When there is no place on the map for one Jewish state, that's anti-Semitism."

Deutch is one of many Democrats to abandon the House before this year's midterms. Republicans have a 3.7 percent lead on the generic congressional ballot, according to the Real Clear Politics average, and are widely expected to retake control of at least one chamber of Congress.