Matt Salmon leaves Congress — again

As Matt Salmon announces his retirement from Congress, the “I want to spend more time with the family,” line raises the curiosity factor a notch or two. Previously, Arizona’s CD 5 U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon, who served in the U.S. House from 1995 to 2001, honored his term limit pledge and did not seek re-election to a fourth term in 2000. He returned after being reelected in 2012, and is now leaving after two terms.

A former chairman of the state Republican Party and founding member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Salmon disappoints with his out-the-door endorsement of the far less than conservative Marco Rubio for President. 

Salmon is the 23rd House member to announce retirement at the end of this Congressional term.

His statement, “Why I’m leaving Congress,”  can be read here.

In this interview with The Arizona Republic the East Valley Republican revealed his plans to endorse Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs to replace him and will chair Biggs’ campaign for the 5th Congressional District seat.

7 Responses to Matt Salmon leaves Congress — again

  1. Kimball says:

    I expect to be happier with Andy Biggs if he’s elected than I’ve been with waffler Matt Salmon, who has disappointed on more than a few occasions. Going along with Obama’s indefensible budget was a huge mistake as was caving on Paul Ryan as Speaker.. It’s easy to talk conservatism, but taking the difficult steps to stand tall in the face of Republicrat opposition is a lot tougher.

  2. Conservative Since Birth says:

    From the AZ Republic article: “Salmon’s departure comes as a surprise. He disappointed national “tea party” groups just months ago by deciding not to challenge U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., for the higher chamber.”

    I’ve been disappointed by him, Mr. Conservative, many times. He turned into just a regular politician – big talk for the folks back home and then backs down. One example is putting Paul Ryan in as Speaker. He was against it before he was for it.

    I’ll have to research Andy Biggs. I know he put a stop to joining Mark Levin’s convention of states (?) as president of the Senate, which disappointed conservatives.

    So far, in my opinion only, Paul Gosar (not my congressman) is the closest thing to a conservative in Arizona.

    • Jennifer says:

      I agree with your comment about Biggs. My issue is that he will not even allow the AZ house to vote on Article V and that stifles the voice of the people. As well he has jumped on board (SB1416) to take duties away from our Superintendent of Public Instruction and give them to the State board of Ed or ADE. Not good.

  3. Frankly Speaking says:

    Salmon’s endorsement of Marco McRubio is what will be remembered and overshadow anything else in his career. It’s obvious to me he’s been gotten to. Lobbying is a far more lucrative career and who has longer tentacles into that deep pocketed arena than John McCain, who no doubt will appreciatively feather Salmon’s bed. What a sad note to leave on.

  4. Kent says:

    Matt Salmon has been doing the McCain shuffle for quite some time. He’s line dancing with Robert Graham and the rest of the establishment clique,working on perfecting a two step that will provide an even more cushy income than the nearly 200 K he gets for working the part time DC gig. That doesn’t include perks and benefits.

  5. Conservative Since Birth says:

    My radar was way off on Paul Gosar. According to Conservative Review, the rankings are:
    Schweikert A 93%
    Franks A 90%
    Salmon B 89%
    Gosar B 82%
    McMcSally F 25%

    My credibility is shot.

    • lowadobian says:

      No, you are right. Turn the stacked results upside down and then you’ll see that Gosar is higher than Salmon, Scheikert and Franks. It all depends on who is defining what “Conservative” means. Fiscally and Constitutionally, it’s Gosar over and over again. Endorsing Rubio showed us crisply what the likes of Salmon are. Good riddance, I say.