Illinois Democrat Luis Gutierrez seems to not mind being arrested.
In fact, it has happened twice already this year alone. Both instances occurred during anti-Trump protests, one outside Trump Tower, the other in front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Check it, from yesterday…
From Daily Caller:
Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois was one of the 200 protesters arrested on the steps of the United States Capitol Wednesday afternoon.
The sitting member of Congress joined members of the Service Employee’s International Union (SEIU) as they stormed the steps of Congress to demanded action on DACA. Both chambers currently are considering a bipartisan measure to replace the order that allowed temporary protected status to illegal residents nationwide.
“Congress refuses to act, and it’s killing us,” one protester told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Union leaders on the ground declined a request for comment for the story.
Gutierrez will not seek re-election in 2018 to the seat he has held since 1993.
More via The Hill:
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.), one of the most vocal immigration reform advocates in the House, reportedly won’t run for reelection.
Three Democratic sources told Politico that Gutiérrez plans to announce Tuesday that he’s pulling his nominating petitions for the seat.
There are rumors Gutierrez is conisdering a run for president in 2020.
From Fox News:
After Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday and endorsed a successor without revealing his future political plans, Fox News has learned the outspoken immigration advocate will be testing the waters for a potential 2020 presidential bid.
Few national political figures could be more ideologically opposed on the issue of immigration than President Trump – who wants a border wall and has fought to suspend immigration from some Muslim-majority countries – and Gutierrez, who blasted even the Obama administration over legal deportations. He also tangled publicly with Trump White House Chief of Staff John Kelly over his support of the decision to end a program that shielded young illegal immigrants from deportation.
House members historically struggle to gain traction over better-known senators, governors and celebrities in presidential primaries.
But Fox News is told Gutierrez will set a national schedule for the first six months of 2018, visiting cities across the country to test the waters for a White House run. If he enters, he’ll likely face a crowded field of Democrats eager to take on Trump.
More per Politico:
The sources say that former Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia will begin circulating petitions for Gutierrez’s post.
Gutierrez’s spokesman, Douglas Rivlin said he couldn’t comment.
On Gutierrez’s arrest in front of Trump Tower in NYC earlier this year, via Washington Examiner:
Reps. Raul Grijalva and Luis Gutierrez were arrested outside Trump Tower Tuesday afternoon after sitting in the street outside the building in Manhattan.
Reports from the scene indicated Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Gutierrez, D-Ill., were among multiple lawmakers who joined a crowd sitting in the street outside the building.
With progressive antics like those constantly pulled by Gutierrez, President Trump can start planning his re-election parade ASAP.
[Note: This post was written by John S. Roberts]