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time to say goodbye

Pennsylvania GOP congressman announces he won't seek re-election

Rep. Ryan Costello (R-Pa.) announced Sunday that due to the "political environment," he will not seek re-election in 2018.

The state Supreme Court ruled that Pennsylvania's congressional map drawn in 2011 was unconstitutional, and Costello would have been running in the newly drawn 6th congressional district. He told the Delaware County Daily Times he wasn't afraid of losing but was tired of the "hate out there, from the left especially, and it's a very angry environment." He also lamented how hard it is to get anything done in Washington. "Whether it's Stormy Daniels or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it's very difficult to move forward in a constructive way today," he said.

Costello told the Daily Times he plans on returning to the private sector. He is just the latest in a wave of Republicans who have announced they will not be returning to Congress.