BREAKING: Nancy D'Alessandro announces retirement.
PHILADELPHIA: The office of Nancy D'Alessandro, a three decade long Liberal MP and current leader of the government in the House of Commons, has announced she will stand down at the end of this parliament and will not seek reelection in the impending federal election.
D'Alessandro confirmed the news shortly after noon in a written statement, in which she described her work in parliament as her "greatest pride and privilege." The announcement ended months of speculation about her political future that began in late October when David Depape of the province of Columbia broke into her Baltimore residence and attacked her husband with a hammer, leaving him severely injured. D'Alessandro, who before the incident had hinted that she would likely stand for reelection in 2023, reportedly began to reconsider her political career in the aftermath of the attack.
A source close to the Prime Minister confirmed that D'Alessandro will remain in her post as Leader of the Government in the House of Commons until the election, and that a successor will be named "at the appropriate time." The Liberal Party affiliate in her riding is due to schedule a hustings later in the month to nominate a candidate to succeed her in Parliament, with Jamie Raskin, a long time Liberal Party activist and lawyer, announcing his intention to seek the party's nomination being the first to make his intentions clear.
D'Alessandro's announcement today that she is standing down from parliament after nearly 40 years of service sparks a whirlwind of reaction in Philadelphia, where her colleagues from all parties were quick to pay tribute. Her Tory counterpart, MP Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, told reporters that D'Alessandro has been "a constant fighter" for her values, and praised her nearly 40 year long career in Philadelphia as "trailblazing." Democratic Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister Elizabeth Warren called D'Alessandro "an anchor" who "strived to keep the coalition working on behalf of the people who elected us." But it was amongst the Liberal Party's parliamentary caucus in which the most effusive praise originated; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted moments after D'Alessandro's retirement announcement that D'Alessandro was "the glue that kept us all together" while the Chief Whip, MP Debbie Wasserman Schultz, praised the leader of the government in the House as a "rock of strength and resolve" who "stood up to the Tories efforts to take us backwords for decades and never once flinched."