Former NFL player announces bid for Senate seat in Arkansas

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Former NFL subordinate Jake Bequette says he's challenging Arkansas Sen. John Boozman successful adjacent year's Republican primary

Election 2022 Arkansas Senate

Election 2022 Arkansas Senate

Former NFL subordinate Jake Bequette connected Monday announced he's challenging Arkansas Sen. John Boozman successful adjacent year's Republican primary.

Bequette, an Army seasoned and erstwhile Razorbacks player, launched his bid with a online video touting his shot and subject background. Bequette, 32, played for 3 games for the New England Patriots successful 2012 and 5 games the pursuing season.

“What's happening successful Washington these days is simply a disgrace. Democrats person been taken implicit by extremist socialists, and excessively galore Republicans conscionable spell on to get along," Bequette says successful the advertisement arsenic images of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flash crossed the screen.

Boozman, who was archetypal elected to the spot successful 2010 and was reelected successful 2016, faces a crowded superior adjacent year. Other challengers see Jan Morgan a Hot Springs weapon scope proprietor who unsuccessfully ran against Gov. Asa Hutchinson successful the 2014 GOP primary. Three Democrats are seeking the party's information to situation Boozman successful the solidly reddish state.

Boozman, besides a erstwhile Razorback, won the endorsement of erstwhile President Donald Trump this year. He reported successful April having much than $1.1 cardinal successful the slope for his reelection bid. Boozman served successful Congress representing northwest Arkansas earlier was helium arsenic elected to the Senate.

Boozman besides has the enactment of different apical Republicans successful the state, including chap Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and erstwhile White House property caput Sarah Sanders, who is moving for governor.

Bequette's run tract touts him arsenic “a existent blimpish who volition beforehand the Trump blimpish agenda." Bequette doesn't notation Boozman by sanction successful his announcement video, but successful an interrogation helium said helium thought the incumbent legislator has spent excessively overmuch clip successful Washington.

“He’s been successful Washington for implicit 20 years. He’s going connected his 3rd decennary successful Washington, successful the swamp," Bequette told The Associated Press. “I conscionable deliberation it’s clip for a change, it’s clip for idiosyncratic new."

Bequette said helium supports repealing the Affordable Care Act. He besides called for completing operation of a partition on the United States' borderline with Mexico that Trump advocated but has been suspended by the Biden administration.

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