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‘Runaway Favorite’: Top Former Trump Official Announces Congressional Run

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Former State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus is running for Congress.

Ortagus, who served as a spokeswoman for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during the Trump administration, posted a video announcement on Twitter.

She is running in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District.

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“I’m running for Congress in TN’s Fifth District! In Pres. Trump’s Admin, I fought for conservative policies that put #AmericaFirst and I’m honored to have his support. Now, I’m ready to push back against the Democrats’ extremism in Congress,” Ortagus wrote on Twitter.

Ortagus also noted in her video that she has been endorsed by Donald Trump.

“Morgan worked with President Trump to not just make America great again at home, but America strong again in the world,” the video’s narrator says. “That’s why she has the complete and total endorsement of President Trump.”

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“As a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, I am answering the call to service, and I will never back down from fighting for my country and the good people of Tennessee to stand for American greatness,” Ortagus said. “I’m grateful to have President Trump’s support, and I look forward to earning your vote and standing with you to protect our conservative values.“

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Ortagus also released a statement on her campaign website.

“We built the wall, created a strong economy, stood up to our adversaries, and promoted freedom at home and abroad, but the Biden Administration and their radical Democrat allies in Congress are dead-set on undoing that good work,” Ortagus said.

“As a U.S. Navy Reserve Officer, I am answering the call to service, and I will never back down from fighting for my country and the good people of Tennessee to stand for American greatness. I’m grateful to have President Trump’s support, and I look forward to earning your vote and standing with you to protect our conservative values,” she added.

Trump endorsed Ortagus last month before she made the official announcement.

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“I am told the very strong and impressive Morgan Ortagus is exploring a run for Congress in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District,” Trump said.

“I couldn’t be happier because she’s an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA! Morgan was fantastic in her role working with Secretary Mike Pompeo at the U.S. State Department and understands the threats posed by China, Russia, Iran, and others, and will be tough, not just roll over like the Democrats and RINOs,” Trump added.

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“She serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves and will fight for our Military,” Trump continued. “She won’t bow to the Woke Mob or the Leftist LameStream Media. Morgan Ortagus will have my Complete and Total Endorsement if she decides to run!”

Ortagus is working with Ward Baker, a Tennessee Republican strategist.

“I don’t sit idly by when there’s a fight to be had,” Ortagus said Monday in an interview at Baker’s offices. “I’ve never run for political office before. I’m definitely an outsider when it comes to running for office. I look at it as really the next step and extension of being in the fight and for the values and things that I believe in.”

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