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McCarthy-Aligned GOP Rep Announces He Will Not Run For Reelection

Garrett Graves, a Republican congressman from Louisiana and an ally of former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection following the state’s redistricting.

Graves, an ally of the former speaker, was in a state where redistricting was done by the Louisiana General Assembly to make his district the second-most black in the state, but other Louisiana districts, including those of House Speaker Mike Johnson and House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, were preserved. In February 2022, State Legislature Approved He revised the map and overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards the following month. (Related article: Court invalidates Louisiana congressional district for second majority-black district)

“After much input from my constituents, consultation with my supporters, agreement with my family, and guidance from Almighty God, it is clear to me that running for Congress this year would not make sense,” Graves said in a statement obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation. “It is clear that running in any provisional district would do real and permanent damage to Louisiana’s good representation in Congress. Campaigning in any of these districts now would not be fair to any Louisianan who would find themselves thrown into yet another district next year.”

In April 2023, Graves introduced a continuing resolution to avert a government shutdown, which was passed by the House the following January. The continuing resolution was criticized by members of the House Freedom Caucus for continuing spending bills. “Pelosi is on par with Biden’s policies.” Previous continuing resolutions were passed in September and November 2023 after the former speaker was ousted in October by eight House Republicans. (Related: “If you fund it, you own it”: House Freedom Caucus urges Republicans to make cuts in second budget bill)

“It has been an incredible experience, thousands of new friendships have been made, and unprecedented progress has been made in the community we represent,” Graves said in a statement. “In this divisive and politically polarized environment, receiving over 80% of the vote in the last election proves we were doing pretty much everything right. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”

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