Former NFL player challenging Boozman in Arkansas GOP primary

A former NFL player has announced that he’s challenging Sen. John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanMore than ever, we must 'stand to' — and stand behind — our veterans Trump getting tougher for Senate GOP to ignore Former NFL player challenging Boozman in Arkansas GOP primary MORE (R-Ark.) in the state’s GOP primary.

Jake Bequette, who played football at the University of Arkansas, went on to win a Super Bowl with the New England Patriots and then joined the Army, made the announcement Monday.

"As an Army veteran, former NFL player, and Arkansas Razorback, I have lived my life with service and conservative values at the forefront,” Bequette says in his announcement video. “Now, I have a calling to do more. That is why I am running for the United States Senate.”

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Bequette also uses his ad to take shots at what he calls the “radical socialists” taking over the Democratic Party, making the allegation while images of Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Overnight Hillicon Valley — Scrutiny over Instagram's impact on teens Democrats suffer blow on drug pricing as 3 moderates buck party MORE (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezConservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-N.Y) flash on the screen. 

“What’s happening in Washington these days is a disgrace. Democrats have been taken over by radical socialists, and too many Republicans just go along to get along,” Bequette said. The former Razorback defensive lineman also cited abortion and immigration issues in the video.

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Bequette joins a crowded primary of candidates seeking to challenge Boozman, who was elected in 2010 and reelected in 2016.

Boozman, also a University of Arkansas graduate, has been endorsed by former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer Sen. Heller to run for Nevada governor Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right MORE and has received support from fellow Arkansas Sen. Tom CottonTom Bryant CottonOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Joint Chiefs Chairman Milley becomes lightning rod on right Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Senate Democrats ding Biden energy proposal MORE (R) and former White House press secretary and Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Sarah HuckabeeSarah SandersTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event MORE Sanders (R), according to The Associated Press

Bequette, who appeared in eight NFL games, told the newswire that it's time for a change in Washington, referring to Boozman’s long tenure as a lawmaker. 

“He’s been in Washington for over 20 years. He’s going on his third decade in Washington, in the swamp,” Bequette said. “I just think it’s time for a change, it’s time for someone new."