- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Retired Lt. Col. Michael Waltz announced Tuesday that he plans to run for Congress in Florida.

“I think that as a combat veteran, as a Green Beret, as a businessman and as somebody who has teed-up decisions to a president when I served for Vice President [Dick] Cheney, I feel called and compelled to bring all those experiences to the table, and serve the people of Florida and serve the people of this great country,” Mr. Waltz said on Fox News.

He plans to run as a Republican in Florida’s 6th Congressional District. The area is currently represented by Rep. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, who announced his plans to run for governor.

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Cook Political report lists the race as solidly in Republican hands even without an incumbent. Three other Republicans, including former state Rep. Fred Costello, have already declared or are rumored to be considering a run, along with two possible Democratic contenders.

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