Congressman on leaving Congress: ‘All I do is answer questions about Donald Trump'

Congressman Ryan Costello, a Republican from Pennsylvania, placed some of the blame for his leaving Congress on always being asked about President Trump. 

According to CNN, Costello announced he would not run for reelection in March, citing the divided political environment and the President’s actions, saying quote, "No matter what I say or do, I feel all I do is answer questions about Donald Trump rather than health insurance or tax policy." 

Costello also noted the negative public perception members of Congress currently hold, saying, "They assume that you're not telling the truth. No matter what you do, someone's out there locked and loaded to say something disparaging, false, mean, in an attempt to have other people not like you.”

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The 41-year-old congressman separated himself from the GOP and the President, differing on issues such as repealing ObamaCare and gun control and noted that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s decision that redrew his district making it more democratic was also part of his reason for his departure. 

Costello also told CNN that he would miss the camaraderie with other representatives and the quote, “occasional pinch-me moments” that come with being a congressman. 

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