A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

A farewell to power: Thomas Rooney

US congressman Thomas Rooney is quitting politics. In an exclusive interview, the Floridian holds forth on the waning appeal of centrism, the loneliness of life in the US capital and his political mentor Seamus Mallon

Sitting in the opulent drawing rooms of the Merrion Hotel in Dublin, Thomas Rooney, a tall and imposing United States congressman, appears downbeat and deflated. In his southern Floridian drawl, the unshaven Rooney is explaining why he’s giving up on politics after a decade in Washington DC.

“The way our districts are set up now you either have to be really right or really left and it’s good political football to destroy your opponent,”...

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