Rep. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) Resigns

Merced Sun-Stroke:

Cardoza to resign immediately

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.

A veteran San Joaquin Valley politician first elected to the House in 2002, the 53-year- old Cardoza had previously announced he would not run for reelection. While citing the toxic partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill, he primarily attributed his speeded-up timing to growing burdens on the home front.

“In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year, and in light of the fact that (my wife) and I are facing increasing parenting challenges, this seemed the right time to make this move,” Cardoza said in an interview Monday.


The timing of Cardoza’s resignation means there will be no special election to fill his 18th Congressional District seat, which encompasses parts of San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties. His office staff will remain, taking care of constituent services but steering clear of political advocacy. Cardoza informed most of his staffers of his resignation plans in an emotional telephone conference call Monday.

His departure leaves House Republicans with a 240-190 majority over Democrats, with five House vacancies; by most political assessments, Republicans are favored to retain control of the House following the November elections.

Cardoza had announced last October he would not run for reelection, after the bipartisan California Citizens Redistricting Commission carved the San Joaquin Valley into new House districts. The redistricting essentially left Cardoza the choice of either retiring or facing off against his longtime friend and ally, Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno.

Cardoza was my congressman. If there is a scandal I haven’t caught a whiff of it. He’s always had a clean reputation. But then again so did Condit. I generally liked Cardoza until May 2008 when he switched his endorsement from Hillary to Mr. Onederful.

I guess he’s just taking an early exit. They say Washington is a lousy place to be this time of year anyway.

BTW – I have met him a few times and even had drinks with some of his local staff. Years ago he ran the bowling alley/bar where I met my 2nd ex-wife. But I never held that against him.

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52 Responses to Rep. Dennis Cardoza (CA-18) Resigns

  1. myiq2xu says:

    This is an open thread

  2. carol haka says:

    BTW – I have met him a few times and even had drinks with some of his local staff. Years ago he ran the bowling alley/bar where I met my 2nd ex-wife. But I never held that against him.

    Well, I guess that explains the scandal, and I bet the old 2nd ex-wife is still holding the grudge against him! 👿

  3. myiq2xu says:

    If you watched NBC last night you already knew this:

    When I heard my dad was going to be on the cast of Stars Earn Stripes, I was excited that he was getting the chance to play for $100,000 for his charity, Armed Services YMCA Alaska. Plus, I was happy for America to see him in action. After all, I’ve described him as a man who can rebuild a snow machine with one hand tied behind his back, a father who can wrestle with Trig on the floor, and an attentive dad who can braid Piper’s hair for basketball practice. What can he not do?

    So, did you see the show?! The celebrities were divided into squads and had to perform the same assault task, which included helicopters, guns, grenades, mud, and destroying weapons. Dad was assigned a Marine, who’s now a New York City police officer! Their squad got delayed when his celebrity team member struggled in the water, with his waterlogged gear. With one man down, Dad activated.

    He shimmied through mud under barbed wire so fast that he had already finished the obstacle while the others were just beginning.

    The other squads watched on a monitor from another location, amazed at his capability.

    “He’s Rambo, he’s straight up Rambo,” said Chris Kyle. “Next time I’m in a war, I want Todd Palin on my side.”

    Then, Chris added, “He was the first one on the boat, the first one under the wire, and about the time the rest of the guys were getting through, he already had the crate. You don’t need anyone else,” he said. “Forget Chuck Norris, send in Todd Palin.”

    • carol haka says:

      He was great. Shy, silent, humble – all guts!


      • carol haka says:

        This is the guy that called Todd “Rambo”:

        Chris Kyle
        Born Odessa, Texas
        Allegiance United States
        Service/branch United States Navy
        Years of service 1999-2009
        Rank Chief Petty Officer[1]
        Unit SEAL Team 3, Sniper Element, Charlie platoon
        Battles/wars Iraq War
        *Second Battle of Fallujah

        Silver Star ribbon.svg Silver Star (2)
        BronzeStarV copy.jpg Bronze Star (V) (5)
        Navy and Marine Corps Commendation ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (1)
        Navy and Marine Corps Achievement ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2)[1][2][3]

        Chris Kyle (born 1974) is a former United States Navy SEAL. He is the deadliest sniper in United States military history, with 160 confirmed kills (out of 255 claimed kills).[1][2] These statistics have not been released by the Pentagon.[4]

    • HELENK says:

      I saw the show and was very impressed with Todd Palin. Sarah has good taste. He seems like a very straight up guy with great priorities and does know how to get the job done

  4. I love his parting shot:

    PS: Myiq, you have mail.

  5. tommy says:

    O/T I’m a year older today. Personally, its a bit depressing. But hey, thats life. I’m a year younger than our recent VP pick by Romney. But unfortunately, I look nothing like the dreamy dude. So for the record, I’m now 41 (same age as Lola, I think), never been married, no kids. On a philosophical level, I feel that I’m missing out in life. Sorry peeps, maybe I’m having a midlife crisis and I should STFU. /crazy off

  6. HELENK says:

    Horshack from welcome back kotter died

  7. WMCB says:

    Hey, just noticed I made Twitchy again, for my “Burn the math witch” selection!

    What’s really hilarious is that “Cletus”, who posted it, got pissed that I retweeted his asinineness for Iowahawk’s hashtag game, and blocked me. I was soooo crushed.

  8. HELENK says:

    Check out today’s picture

  9. carol haka says:

    Happy Bithday Tommy!

    • Lulu says:

      Wait until the details of what the 700 Billion will be (or has already been) used for. Shit meet fan. ObamaTax is a big shell game.

  10. HELENK says:

    $7.4 dollars in 3 days that is just the beginning and I am sure that is not all from large donors

    be prepared for an onslaught of begging letters from backtrack

  11. HELENK says:

    this young lady says a lot with two pictures

  12. HELENK says:

    democratic mediscare robo calls to start soon

  13. Check out the new poll at Zogby:

    Obama has killed the Dem brand so much that even Hillary can’t save him.

  14. HELENK says:

    this one makes me want to do the mummers strut

    Rich Lowry takes on rachel maddow

  15. DeniseVB says:

    I did a movie review, kinda. So much fun….the movie, probably not my review 😀

  16. HELENK says:

    the reason Cardoza quit?

    In light of the fact that nothing is going to happen for the rest of the year, and in light of the fact that (my wife) and I are facing increasing parenting challenges, this seemed the right time to make this move,” he told the newspaper in an interview.

    Cardoza isn’t leaving Washington, however. He has accepted a position with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips as managing director of the law firm’s government affairs and public policy practice.

    The firm, which is registered to lobby Congress, announced Cardoza’s hire just a few hours after his statement of resignation.

  17. 49erDweet says:

    Hmmm. That’s almost the same route taken by Tony Coelho at the conclusion of his congressional career. Which makes one wonder if Cardoza is facing the same worrisome issues and decided the time had come. Be interesting to see what develops.

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