He’d Finally Landed His Dream Job, But a Tearful Airport Encounter Changed His Mind About Staying in It


When he was elected in 2010, Congressman Reid Ribble, a Republican from Wisconsin, vowed to only serve four terms. But even though those eight years aren’t up yet, Ribble announced this week he was leaving the nation’s capital at the end of the year. And the reason has NOTHING to do with poll numbers or scandals.

Even though the Congressman loves his job, there are three little people who need him more. His three grandsons made their wishes known last month when they took their grandfather to the airport after spending a few days with their grandparents over the holidays. “My oldest grandson kinda grabbed me around the neck, and he was crying and he did not want to have me go back to Washington, D.C,” he told the Huffington Post. “I never get to see you anymore. When am I going to get to see you again?” the 12-year-old told Ribble as they said goodbye.

“It was one of those gut-check moments you have as a grandparent,” Ribble confessed to the news site. And then his wife told him SHE wanted him home, too.

That did it. He’ll be leaving his job at the end of the year. And he’ll keep one of his campaign promises, which was never to make an elected office a career.

via Huffington Post

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