Joe Kent advances in November, points to energy and inflation as major immediate issues

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Joe Kent is on the verge of qualifying for the general election after six-term incumbent Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), one of the Republican House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, has conceded his candidacy for re-election on Tuesday.

“I think the biggest lesson that comes out of this is that we are very conservative. We can be a very powerful voice on the national stage if we come together and that’s what we’re doing right now,” Kent said on The Jason Rantz Show in reference to his district.

Kent has always backed Trump and backed claims that the 2020 election contained voter fraud, which led to President Biden’s victory. The former Green Beret served 11 combat deployments before retiring from special forces to join the CIA before turning to politics.

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“I really want to start reaching out to independents and Democrats who just know our country is going in the wrong direction, whether it’s inflation, whether it’s the national security state, suing and looting the president’s house. Trump, we’re not in a good place right now as a country,” Kent said. “I want to have these conversations with people who are maybe skeptical of Republicans, maybe skeptical of someone who is endorsed by President Trump, because I think we have a lot to offer them.”

Earlier this year, Kent came under fire from critics who called him a “racist” and a “neo-Nazi” for his comments on “replacement theory” and his relationship with Nick Fuentes and the right-wing band, the Proud Boys.

“It’s really unfortunate, but not surprising. I feel like as conservatives we’re being called white supremacists, white nationalists, so much so now that I think I kind of got used to it,” Kent said. “But I am quite offended by it. I served the country for just over 20 years, I deployed to fight with people of all races, creeds, all great Americans, they put their lives in my hands, I put my life in their hands.

According to federal campaign finance documents, Kent raised $452,131 this summer, a 23% jump from the spring quarter. His $836,818 in cash donations inevitably followed Herrera Beutler’s $1.4 million, but Kent topped recent history in the district. Carolyn Long, a professor backed by Democrats to challenge Herrera Beutler in the past two cycles, has never totaled how much Kent has received during that time.

Kent’s number one concern right now? Energy.

“We must once again become not only energy independent, but a net exporter of energy. Look, I mean, there have been major issues with the economy since 2008. It’s a bigger, broader conversation,” Kent said. “But really, when Biden came along, he killed the Keystone XL pipeline, he stopped the exploratory drilling that destroyed our energy independence, and since then the economy has taken a massive dive.”

Joe Kent will face another newcomer in Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D) in the November election.

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