One young Republican has revealed that he wants to challenge Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s(D-N.Y.) title of youngest member of Congress to be elected.
Armani Salado, a 23-year-old college student, has expressed interest at running against Representative Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) in her state’s 7th Congressional District.
“It’s pretty simple, I’m running because it’s time to get representatives into Washington, not activists,” Salado said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday.
Salado is a history major at the University of Central Florida and will turn 25 before the 2020 election, which will make him eligible to run. He claimed that he was inspired to run after observing the recent state of politics, pointing out that many work off of their own political agendas instead of issues that matter to their constituents.
“We have people in there coming in with their own personal agendas, their own personal vendettas against our president and against our nation,” Salado said. “I feel like the people of America need someone there who is going to want to represent their will and not their personal agenda and not satisfy their ego that they have coming from their own district.”
Meet the 23-year-old Florida Republican looking to beat Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s record as the youngest member of Congress
Posted by Fox & Friends on Monday, April 1, 2019
While he does expect criticism because of his age, he claims that it is actually one of his strengths.
“I think the only thing that people will of course attack me on is my lack of experience in the political arena but I feel like that should maybe be something people hold onto,” Salado said.
If elected, Salado hopes to work with all members of Congress for the benefit of the country.
“I will be able to be a bridge to allow the people to work with me,” he said. “We don’t need activists, we need representatives and we need people willing to be bridges that will allow our best minds from our communities to go to Washington. I don’t want to be another know-it-all bureaucrat.”