LaTourette calls Tea Party critique of GOP losses ‘crap’

LaTourette added that the GOP would cease to be a national party unless they “get out of people’s lives, get out of people’s bedrooms.”

"We sent them running back to the Democratic Party because they think we're nutty," LaTourette said.

The nine-term lawmaker announced in July that he would retire at the end of his term, citing a partisan environment he said made it difficult to find compromise in Washington. 

On Thursday, LaTourette also bemoaned the inability of Democrats and Republicans to come together, even on legislation that ordinarily would be easily passed.

"The small things that we used to be able to do in a bipartisan way, we can’t get done and that’d be the farm bill, the transportation bill. For crying out loud, we couldn’t even agree to leave town for the election ... And that lack of willingness to find common ground on the no-brainer issues really is what put me over the edge," LaTourette said.