Citing Alcoholism, GOP Rep Announces Retirement

Saying that he’s an alcoholic and that he wants to focus on his recovery, Virginia Rep. Tom Garrett announced Monday he will not run for re-election in November.

Garrett, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, first told the Washington Post of his decision.

The freshman Republican’s announcement came five days after a bizarre news conference in which he insisted he’d be coming back to Congress in 2019.

It also came two days after four former staffers told Politico that Garrett and his wife had turned them into part-time gofers, picking up clothes and groceries and cleaning up after their dog, which was often in his Capitol Hill office.

Read more at Roll Call.