North Carolina Republican Rep. Dan Bishop announced Thursday that he is running for North Carolina Attorney General and will not be seeking re-election for a House seat. according to Charlotte Warden.
“I think this is a special time to step up our support for prosecutors and frontline law enforcement officers,” Bishop said. “I believe there is an opportunity to use that office’s influence to restore law and order to Asheville, especially Charlotte, and other cities.”
Bishop reportedly had no plans to make an announcement on Thursday and told the Charlotte Observer just last week that he was still thinking about his decision. Rumors that Bishop would run for North Carolina Attorney General had been going on for months prior to his announcement. (Related article: ‘A crime like no other’: President Trump slams Justice Department and Clinton over Russia probe in op-ed)
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Bishop was the first Republican to call on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to be removed from office in May when the Liberal caucuses were frustrated with the debt ceiling deal. Bishop also took action against COVID-19 mask mandates and censorship of misinformation.
Bishop also has a history of criticizing the Department of Justice (DOJ). In October 2021, he led a group of lawmakers to ask Attorney General Merrick Garland to explain the allegations of targeting parents protesting a local school board. Bishop also endorsed a new congressional subcommittee on “Weaponizing the Federal Government.” according to To the Carolina Journal.
Incumbent North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein will not run for re-election as he is a candidate for gubernatorial election in 2024.He announced the campaign in a three-minute Twitter video in January.