Bastiat Leader Announces Run for the US Senate | North Dakota News

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Rep. Rick Becker, who founded a far-right faction of the Legislature, has his eyes on a seat in the U.S. Senate.

In a video posted on social media, Becker announced his candidacy for the seat currently held by Republican John Hoeven.

Becker, who was first elected to the state House in 2012, said last month he would not be seeking another term in the Legislature.

“While many claim to be conservative, my actions have always backed up my words. Just this month I was awarded the only 100% rating in North Dakota by the American Conservative Union,” Becker said in his video.

During his first legislative session, Becker formed the Bastiat Causcus, named after French political philosopher Frederic Bastiat. The loosely organized group fervently supports limited government and spending and privacy and gun rights.

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The Bismarck plastic surgeon, commercial real estate developer, business owner and former gubernatorial candidate told the Associated Press last month that family, businesses and other obligations has had him contemplating retiring from the legislation for about a year, he said.

“When you’re burning the candle at both ends, you eventually run out of wax,” Becker told the AP.

Becker, 57, said at the time that he would not comment or rule out on a potential run for a statewide office in North Dakota.

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