Retiring GOP Rep Seeks To Succeed Sen. Richard Burr

Roll Call reports:

Retiring GOP Rep. Mark Walker announced Tuesday that he is running for Senate in North Carolina in 2022, kicking off a potentially competitive Republican primary to replace retiring GOP Sen. Richard Burr.

“Washington has lost its mind. Job-killing regulations, the Green New Deal, defund the police and our military — seriously? I’m proud of my record taking on the radicals as well as the establishment,” Walker said in a four-minute video launching his campaign featuring a range of supporters including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, is also considering a Senate run in her native North Carolina, the New York Times reported last month.

Walker announced his retirement from the House after court-ordered redistricting made it unlikely he would win reelection.

He first appeared on JMG in 2016 when he attacked “radical leftist” Bruce Springsteen for canceling a concert over North Carolina’s anti-LGBT HB2 bill.

Before entering politics, Walker was a Baptist pastor.