Confirming months of speculation, Rep. Carlos J. Moorhead (R-Glendale), the senior Republican in the state’s congressional delegation, announced Tuesday that he will not seek reelection next year, saying “the time that I retire has come.”
While the 73-year-old congressman said he based his decision on a desire to spend more time with his wife, Valery, and his grandchildren, he used the occasion to criticize the current tone of politics.
“The campaigns are much more cantankerous,” he said during a news conference in Glendale. “We need some greater respect for each other.”
Moorhead said at the news conference that he plans to support Assemblyman James Rogan (R-Glendale) as his successor.