Rhode Island Treasurer General Seth Magaziner (D) announced Wednesday that he is running for Congress to keep the state’s 2nd congressional district out of Republican hands after Rep. James Langevin (DR.I. ) announced that he would not stand for election.
“After careful consideration, I have decided to enter the congressional race in Rhode Island’s Second District. The fight to preserve democracy is the most sacred obligation of our generation,” said Magaziner, who was previously candidate for governor. said in a tweet Wednesday.
“I do not take this decision lightly. I will forever be proud of the gubernatorial campaign we have built and grateful to the thousands of people who have supported us in this endeavour,” he added. “But I can’t sit idly by and admit the possibility that Rhode Island might elect a Republican to Congress sometime this year.”
Magaziner’s announcement comes about a week after Langevin announced he would no longer be running for his position.
The Providence Journal reports that Magaziner first indicated his interest in running for Congress last week during talks with supporters, as Democratic leaders in Washington began to push harder for a formidable candidate to replace Langevin.
In his statement announcing his candidacy, the 38-year-old treasurer also made reference to the former President TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts 6th potential missile test in a month and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse Republicans slam Democrats’ China competition bill Press: Newt says lock them up – for doing their job! The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden and NATO are considering ‘all scenarios’ with Russia MORE (R-Calif.), who he says “seek to divide America, undermine democracy, and appeal to the most chaotic, hateful, and dangerous elements of their party.”
“Rhode Island needs to do our part to make sure they don’t fall through,” he added.
Magaziner’s decision also upends the gubernatorial race, in which Governor Dan McKee (D) faces a number of key challengers, including Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, former CVS executive Helena Foulkes and former Secretary of State Matt Brown.