Louisiana Republican Rep. Rodney Alexander announced on Tuesday that he will not seek re-election, citing fundraising as one reason for his decision.
In an interview with the Norman News Star, Alexander said that fundraising is “the main business and it’s 24 hours a day. It’s not fair. It’s not fair for the member, it’s not fair for the constituentcy to have to be approached every day or two or every week or two.”
Alexander isn’t the first retiring member of Congress to mention the pressures of fundraising while announcing their retirement. In January, retiring Sen. Tom Harkin told the Washington Post, "The time is so consumed with raising money now, these campaigns, that you don’t have the time for the kind of personal relationships that so many of us built up over time.”
The interview with Alexander is below. His comments on fundraising begin at 1:20.
“When one stops aggressively raising money people start to ask questions and that’s an unfortunate business we’re in, but it’s the main business and it’s 24 hours a day raising money. It’s not fair. It’s not fair for the member it’s not fair for the constituency to have to be approached every day or two or every week or two.”