Monday, October 3, 2011 – 05:45 a.m.

Could U.S. Representative Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) be pulling the plug.

It looks like this could be the case.

Rumors are starting to make the rounds that Lewis may announce his retirement after the first of the year to keep the field clear for San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos until the filing period opens.

Ramos has pretty much charged or eliminated most potential opponents in a republican primary.

On the other side of the coin.

Lewis has been bothered by the effect of the recent redistricting on his home district, which weakened republican registration, and his being passed over for chair of House Appropriations.

Secondly, the eruption of a federal investigation into activities at the San Bernardino International Airport can’t be making Lewis too happy.

Lewis was key in the obtaining of federal earmarks used in the redevelopment of the former Norton Air Force base.

Lastly, Lewis’ wife is said to pushing the congressman to retire.

Ultimately, it’s his choice.