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Laura Loomer announces third Congress run

Laura Loomer will run for Congress a third time in 2024, challenging Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.-11) in his primary in that year.

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Laura Loomer in 2021

Controversial journalist Laura Loomer announced Wednesday that she would run again for Congress in 2024 against Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.-11).

Laura Loomer announcement and history

She made her announcement on Twitter, which she could do after Elon Musk restored her account shortly after buying and taking Twitter private.

As of yesterday (December 12), she had not yet filed the papers for such a run. But she confirmed to Florida Jolt that any reporter should “feel free to write about it.”

Laura Loomer lost narrowly to Rep. Webster in the August 2022 primary. Webster went on to shellac Democrat Shante Munns, winning 205,627 votes to Munn’s 115,382. Note that each candidate in the general election won more votes than the total vote in the Republican Primary. Florida Democrats canceled their 2022 primary after Munns apparently had no competition on the ballot. (Source: Ballotpedia.)

Laura Loomer has never discussed the relatively poor turnout in the Republican primary as contrasted with the general election. But she does accuse Republicans, including new Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), of having rigged her primary. Notably, Democrats had a serious problem in Orange County, Florida, with election irregularities in a County Supervisor race. That election ran the same day as the Republican primary. (Orange County is one of four that contribute “pieces” of themselves to Florida’s 11th District.)

Loomer also ran for Congress in 2020 in what was then known as Florida’s 21st District. She won that nomination but lost to Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.-22). As before, her Republican primary saw poorer turnout than her own vote total in the general election.

Likely platform

Laura Loomer will definitely run on Dan Webster’s record of absenteeism and allegations of his poor health. She also took a hard line on Congressional absenteeism generally. In an online “tweet feud” the staff of Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) revealed why he was absent from the vote to adopt new House Rules. Apparently he attended the funeral of a fellow Navy SEAL (See-Air-Land commando). She noted the abolition of proxy voting as part of the new Rules, and suggested that Crenshaw should have attended.

When Crenshaw’s staff criticized another user for also frowning on the congressman’s absence, Loomer struck back:

She later left a brief thread setting forth a comprehensive position on absenteeism from the House. Specifically she would restore proxy voting for a narrow class of genuine emergencies. Any Representative who missed a vote would lose ten percent of their annual salary for each instance.

Two other users got into an argument concerning what does, and does not, constitute an acceptable absence from federal work. (And whether private companies are more or less restrictive than federal civil service or Congress.)

Anti-vaccine, anti-corruption

Laura Loomer had harsher words for Speaker McCarthy – and his roommate, Frank Luntz. She cited an article suggesting those two stand in violation of the by-laws of the condominium development where they live. But she also shot back at Luntz for his consistent advocacy of “vaccines” against SARS-CoV-2. Loomer has refused the vaccine and now notes that many who took it, are “dying suddenly.”

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As such it is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

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