No I didn't know ahead of time that she was going to retire and no I don't know why. There are plenty of rumors already floating around because of the abruptness of the decision, much like Senator Shapleigh. But that is assuming it was abrupt to begin with. Just because we didn't know about it doesn't mean it was an impulsive thing on her part.
People are wondering aloud a number of scenarios from avoiding a scandal to running against Senaotr Rodriguez.
She's a newly-wed, which I'm sure breaks Ali's heart since all he does is talk about her boobs, so maybe she just got tired of the legislature. Maybe she wants to start a family and possibly run for something else in the future like County Judge or Congress someday.
Who knows. Critique her all you want, and there are plenty of things to critique her about, but she was an effective legislator and advocate for El Paso.
If I had to put my money on it, I'd guess a shot at the senate like everyone else is thinking. She's taken on popular Democratic incumbents before, so it wouldn't be a new thing for her. Her statement said she was going to be active in Texas politics so outside of county judge the only job I think she cares about is being in the senate.
I think it's spotting Forma a lot of credit doing so considering they have been losing more often than the Tampa Buccaneers in the 80's.
The timing makes sense. Go after the seat now before it becomes an open seat. Her retirement from the house now gives her time to get ready for a race starting around Labor Day. And she can raise money. Senator Rodriguez is another long-time incumbent that hasn't faced meaningful opposition in years, so why not give it a shot if you're Marquez?
Up next, the replacements. Who is likely to run and who are the top five front runners? That's later on the LSB.