Jason Riddle, who received national attention after a picture surfaced of him chugging wine taken from a politician’s office during the Capitol riot in January, found out mid-interview on NBC 10 Sunday that he is running for the wrong seat in New Hampshire.
Riddle is seeking to unseat five-term Democrat Ann Kuster in the 2022 midterm elections. He commented that he thought she was a state representative but, in fact, she serves in the U.S. House of Representatives. His error was caught by a nonplussed reporter named Katherine Underwood who pointed out that he was vying for the wrong political seat.
The protester voiced his confusion during the interview and, after having the mixup explained to him, he stated: “Oh. Well, I guess I gotta run against that then.”
Riddle also faces another problem. He’s not allowed in Washington, DC while he’s facing charges there which brings into question his proposed campaign against Kuster.
(Video Credit: NBC 10 Boston)
Riddle did not seem to think that breaching the Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot would hurt his chances of winning a race for office in his state.
“What does being at the riot do for your campaign?” Underwood asked him.
The veteran stated without hesitation: “It tells them I show up.”
He’s still working on the details of his campaign and said that people have asked him to run for office. He’s also apparently received death threats following the riot.
“I guess, ‘Let’s get back to work,’ that’s going to be the slogan I go with,” he said during the interview.
“Despite my ongoing legal problems I’m supposed to live my life how I want to live it and that’s something I want to do, so why not do it?” he asked.
Following the riot, Riddle was arrested in New Hampshire in February. He is being charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of government property. The evidence against him is compelling considering the photo, video that was taken, and the fact that he seems proud of his actions. He is unrepentant and is not denying what he did.
Riddle believes the case against him will actually help him win in his bid for Kuster’s seat.
“In the long run, if you’re running for office, any attention is good attention, so I think it will help me,” Riddle posited.
He previously announced in February that he was running for Cheshire County Commissioner, which he’s done before. Riddle also resigned from his job as a mail carrier following the riot.
In an interview in February, Riddle said he had no regrets about joining those who stormed the Capitol but he denounced others who turned what he thought would be a peaceful protest into a riot: “Those psychopaths going around breaking things and hurting people can rot in hell,” Riddle declared.
(Video Credit: NEWS CENTER Maine)
New Hampshire has the largest state legislature in the country with 400 seats in the state House of Representatives. The “Live Free or Die” state has 1.37 million residents.
Kuster has not commented on Riddle’s campaign yet.
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