Well, this is big news:
NEW … REP. MARK MEADOWS (R-N.C.), one of President DONALD TRUMP’S top allies, is not seeking re-election, and tells Playbook he could leave the House in the middle of this term to begin a new, yet presently undefined role helping TRUMP. The latest: https://t.co/RsPh5Dmcto
— POLITICO Playbook (@playbookplus) December 19, 2019
And it’s being confirmed by other outlets:
Confirmed: North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a close ally of President Trump, will not seek re-election for Congress.
— Natalie Andrews (@nataliewsj) December 19, 2019
He may even retire early to work for President Trump’s reelection:
NBC News has confirmed GOP Rep Mark Meadows that he will not run for re-election + he may leave Congress before his term is finished to help President Trump in a role yet to be decided. This decision has been a long time coming. First reported by Politico.
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) December 19, 2019
Exact role “TBD”:
can confirm @JakeSherman @apalmerdc scoop: Rep. Mark Meadows, one of Pres. Trump's confidants, will not seek reelection and expects to work closely with the president on the 2020 campaign, likely as a top surrogate/adviser, exact role TBD, per several ppl briefed on the talks
— Robert Costa (@costareports) December 19, 2019
According to reports, “Meadows contemplated leaving office for months”:
Meadows contemplated leaving office for months, but he finalized his decision this week.
He has no immediate plans to jump into a new role. But he’s open to joining the Trump administration and says he will remain committed to supporting the president
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) December 19, 2019