Man charged in Capitol riot says he's running for Congress

A New Hampshire man who was charged over his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol says that he is running for Congress, WBTS reported on Monday.

"In the long run, if you’re running for office, any attention is good attention, so I think it will help me," Jason Riddle told the NBC News affiliate.

Riddle says he is running against Rep. Ann KusterAnn McLane KusterTech industry pushes for delay in antitrust legislation Man charged in Capitol riot says he's running for Congress The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day MORE (D-N.H.) in the 2022 midterms, but he appeared confused as to whether defeating her would send him to Concord, N.H., or Washington, D.C.


“I thought Ann was a state representative,” Riddle told WBTS. 

When it was made clear that Kuster represents New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District in D.C., Riddle reportedly responded, “Oh, well, I guess I have to run for that then.”

A strong supporter of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMyPillow CEO to pull ads from Fox News Haaland, Native American leaders press for Indigenous land protections Simone Biles, Vince Lombardi and the courage to walk away MORE, Riddle said that he entered the Capitol on Jan. 6 and drank a bottle of wine that he found in a senator’s office, taking a photo of the experience. 

He was arrested by the FBI in February and charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, and theft of government property. 

A veteran, Riddle is barred from going to D.C. due to the pending charges against him.

He has a court hearing for his charges next month.

“Despite my ongoing legal problems, I’m supposed to live my life the way I want, and I want to do this, so why not?” Riddle asked.