GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz reverses course, announces re-election bid

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After announcing last year that she would not run for office in 2024, GOP Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana has now indicated that she will seek re-election.

“Deciding where your duty lies – family, work, or country, is never an easy task. Earlier last year, I decided to take some time off from running for public office to recharge and spend more time in Indiana with my family. However, looking where we are today, and urged by many of my constituents, I do not believe I would be able to deliver this Congress, with the current failed leadership in Washington, D.C., on the important issues for our nation that I have worked very hard on,” Spartz said in a statement.

“As someone who grew up under tyranny, I understand the significance of these challenging times for our Republic, and if my fellow Hoosiers and God decide, I will be honored to continue fighting for them. We must carry on the sacrifice of countless Americans for our liberties and keep the American dream alive for our children,” the lawmaker added.

Spartz, who grew up in Ukraine under the Soviet Union, has been serving in the U.S. House of Representatives since early 2021.

Her re-election bid announcement comes as a reversal from her announcement last year that she would not run for office in 2024.

“I won a lot of tough battles for the people and will work hard to win a few more in the next two years. However, being a working mom is tough and I need to spend more time with my two high school girls back home, so I will not run for any office in 2024,” Spartz said in a statement last year.

Spartz described then-House Speaker Kevin McCarthy last year as a “weak Speaker,” and McCarthy reportedly responded by saying that if Spartz was “concerned about fighting stronger,” he wished the congresswoman would “not quit.”

“I wish @SpeakerMcCarthy would work as hard at governing our country as he does at collecting checks but his wish might come true,” Spartz fired back in response.

McCarthy, who was ousted from the role as House speaker last year, is no longer a member of Congress because he decided to leave office before the end of his term.

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