Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., told Newsmax on Monday that she reversed her decision not to run for reelection because she "cannot be someone who's going to abandon our republic."
Spartz announced last year she did not intend to seek reelection to represent Indiana's 5th Congressional District, only to change her mind and file to reenter the race just five days before last week's deadline. She now faces almost a dozen contenders for the Republican nomination in the May GOP primary.
The congresswoman said last week when announcing her reelection campaign, "I do not take these decisions lightly but a lot of my constituents were upset I was not running, as well as a lot of my colleagues, so in these challenging times I needed to give voters a choice of someone who will actually fight for them and conservative policies — not personal agenda."
When asked on "National Report" why she decided to run again, Spartz said, "I guess you have to go a little bit crazy to be in Washington, D.C., and everybody's going in another direction, the other direction where people are retiring."
She added that her initial announcement "was a very difficult decision for me … but when I spent some time on the ground now and understanding what's happening and being someone who cannot give up and knowing what challenging times our country's going through, I cannot be someone who's going to abandon our republic."
Spartz said, "We need to have the right people who will actually fight for the people, not personal agenda."
The congresswoman later said that "democracies are hard. We've been governing through [crises] for such a long time and no one wants to govern. But we need to think about … what is at stake and try to organize good people around us to believe in our freedoms and believe that … the future of our country, the best days are ahead of us."
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Theodore Bunker ✉
Theodore Bunker, a Newsmax writer, has more than a decade covering news, media, and politics.
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