Culp files to run for Congress, challenge Newhouse
REPUBLIC, Wash. — Loren Culp, the 2020 gubernatorial candidate who sought to remove Jay Inslee from power and lost, is now looking to unseat a local congressman.
The Associated Press reports the Republican from the town of Republic has filed paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission to run for Congress against Rep. Dan Newhouse (D-4th District) of Yakima. Seattle Times political reporter Jim Brunner first reported the news.
Culp is the third person to announce he’s running against Newhouse. Republican State Rep. Brad Klippert of Kennewick, a deputy in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office and member of the state House for 12 years, announced last month that he is running for Congressional District 4. Prosser businessman and former NASCAR driver Jerrod Sessler is also running.
Newhouse fell out of favor with many Washington state Republicans when he voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump. Many Republican organizations in Newhouse’s central Washington district demanded that he resign after the impeachment vote but he refused.
The fourth district covers Douglas, Okanogan, Grant, Yakima, Franklin, Benton and Adams counties. Newhouse was first elected in 2014.
Culp received 43.12% of the vote in last year’s race for governor; Inslee was re-elected for a third term with 56.56% of the vote.
Newhouse was re-elected to Congress with 66.21% of the vote in November, easily defeating Democratic challenger Doug McKinley.
Culp is coming to Kennewick on Friday for an event at Clover Island Inn called the Ignite the Right Freedom Rally. He has not yet changed his social media pages to reflect his run for congress. His former gubernatorial website links to an inactive Facebook page. Culp’s Facebook handle has been changed from “@CulpforGovernor” to “@insubordinatecop.”
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