Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

Rep. Garret Graves announces he won’t seek reelection

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) announced Friday that he will not seek another term after a court-ordered redistricting made his path to reelection harder and raised the possibility that he could run against a fellow Louisiana GOP lawmaker.

“After much input from constituents, consultation with supporters, consensus from family, and guidance from the Almighty, it is clear that running for Congress this year does not make sense,” Graves said in a statement. “It is evident that a run in any temporary district will cause actual permanent damage to Louisiana’s great representation in Congress.”

Graves’s decision comes about a month after the Supreme Court ordered Louisiana to use a map that redrew the 6th Congressional District, in which he serves, into the state’s second Black-majority district. That left Graves, who is White, either facing an uphill battle in his district or potentially running against Rep. Julia Letlow, a fellow Republican, in the neighboring 5th Congressional District.

First elected in 2014, Graves was a close ally of former House speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) before his ouster last year. Graves played a lead role in negotiating the May 2023 deal to avoid a default on U.S. debt.

He also authored the centerpiece of a legislative package last year that sought to bring down energy costs.

Graves initially reacted to the Supreme Court ruling by promising to run for reelection in an unspecified “district anchored in the Capital Region,” referring to the Baton Rouge area. But House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) launched an effort to stave off a member-on-member primary, endorsing all his Louisiana GOP colleagues, including Graves, for reelection in their existing districts.

While the map endangered Graves, it protected the rest of the Louisiana GOP delegation, including its two most powerful members — Johnson, the speaker, and Rep. Steve Scalise, the House majority leader.

On Friday, Graves predicted that the districts would be shaken up again after the 2024 elections. He also lamented Louisiana’s loss of influence on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, of which he is a member.

“Admittedly, it is a serious disappointment to miss the historic opportunity to champion Louisiana’s priorities in this committee,” he said.

The map that dismantles Graves’s district has the backing of Louisiana Gov. Jeff Landry, an intraparty rival of the congressman. Last year, Graves supported one of Landry’s GOP opponents in the gubernatorial race.

Graves’s decision leaves two Democrats running for the 6th District: state Sen. Cleo Fields and social justice activist Quentin Anthony Anderson. The candidate filing deadline is July 19.

In Louisiana, congressional candidates from all parties run on the same ballot in the November election; if no one gets a majority, the top two vote-getters advance to a December runoff.

This post appeared first on The Washington Post

Enter Your Information Below To Receive Free Trading Ideas, Latest News And Articles.






    Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!

    You May Also Like

    Investing

    Overview Energy Fuels( TSX:EFR, NYSE:UUUU) has been the largest producer of uranium and vanadium in the United States and an emerging producer of rare...

    Latest News

    Britain’s Prince and Princess of Wales have released a new photo of Prince Louis to mark his sixth birthday on Tuesday, the first image...

    Editor's Pick

    There is no trial in recent history, or possibly all of American history, that can rival the one underway in Lower Manhattan. For the...

    Stock

    Meta Platforms Inc. (META), the social media giant formerly known as Facebook, has been in tight consolidation at the top of its range for...

    Disclaimer: Dealwithbiz.com, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively “The Company”) do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.


    Copyright © 2024 Dealwithbiz.com