Luis Gutierrez to announce retirement from Congress

Later today Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez is expected to announce that he will not seek reelection.

Multiple news sources have reported that later today Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez from Illinois will announce his retirement from Congress. He is expected to endorse Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia to be his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gutierrez has been a strong advocate of "immigration reform" that is equivalent to an open border. He wants to provide safe haven for DREAMers, and opposes building a border wall to prevent more people from coming here illegally. Only two months ago, he posted a statement on his website that said:

I personally will not support any funding bill that does not include a safe harbor for DREAMers – and I will work to have others join me in opposition. If they need our votes, we are bringing 800,000 young immigrants with us.

Strangely enough, Gutierrez told Fox News that he plans to run for another office in the future. His comment led to speculation that he could be planning to run for mayor of Chicago, or perhaps the governorship of his native Puerto Rico.

It might make sense to step down from a comfortable position as one of the most powerful people in America to seek a position of greater power and prestige, but I'm not sure that accurately describes the position of mayor of Chicago. On the other hand, as a former member of Congress, Mr. Gutierrez will be eligible to receive an annual pension of $139,200 for the rest of his life. Perhaps the financial incentive of potentially raking in over $350k per year when that pension is combined with Rahm Emanuel's $216k annual salary as Chicago mayor adequately compensates for any perceived losses of power or prestige.

Is this a great country, or what?