Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is not retiring from Congress — much to the chagrin of Democrats eyeing her increasingly competitive Miami-area seat.
After top House Democrats suggested the 12-term Republican could call it quits soon, Abby Livingston emailed the congresswoman's press staff, expecting a boilerplate statement from her spokesman for Roll Call's weekly Farm Team series.
Instead, an animated Ros-Lehtinen called her back personally within a couple hours. From Farm Team:
“I am not retiring!” Ileana Ros-Lehtinen exclaimed. “I work hard at my job. I aim to keep it with the help of God and the voters."
“They have me as the next president of a university," she continued. "Democrats put out that rumor every six months or so. They always cast a wide net to see what kind of fish they can get.”