May 2, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Man who thwarted Paris train attack announces another bid for Congress

Alek Skarlatos

Alek Skarlatos. Photo: Thomas Samson/AFP via Getty Images

Army veteran Alek Skarlatos — famous for foiling a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015 — has announced that he will again run for Congress in 2022 to unseat Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio.

Why it matters: This is Skarlatos' second consecutive bid for Oregon's 4th Congressional District, after losing the 2020 race to DeFazio.

The big picture: Skarlatos told "Fox and Friends Weekend" Sunday that recent redistricting efforts in Oregon will help make his 2022 bid more successful than his last.

  • "Oregon is one of the six states that is gaining a congressional district, and even though Oregon is a deep blue state, that is going to make it almost impossible for them to keep Peter DeFazio in office once the lines move," Skarlatos told "Fox & Friends Weekend."
  • "We don't know the math quite yet, but pretty much any direction my district will move will go more Republican."

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