MANSFIELD - Lt. Gov. Mark Darr officially joined the race for United States Congress Monday evening.
Darr will run in the fourth congressional district, a seat that will beopen as incumbent Congressman Tom Cotton runs for United States Senate.
At a rally outside of his hometown of Mansfield, Darr saidhis priorities would be working to end congressional gridlock, bringing moretransparency to the political process, and putting an end to out of controlfederal spending.
Darr called the recent revelations of the IRS targetingpeople opposed to the President and the possible National Security spying onAmericans a "disgrace and total abuse of power by President Obama."
"Congress seems set on petty bickering rather thanaddressing unemployment and tax reform" said Darr. "It's time for newleadership. It's time to put Arkansans back to work."
"Tonight we start a campaign to change Washington," saidDarr. "The establishment that is D.C. has forgotten about people likeus. They have forgotten what normal looks like. Together we willchange that. If you elect me to Congress, I will not forget my roots orthe struggles facing Arkansans every day."
Darr reminded the audience he was the only state electedofficial to challenge Obamacare. He said he will work to repeal what hecalled "the train wreck of a law that will not only indebt our grand kids, butwill end healthcare in America as we know it."
"We brought Open Checkbook and more transparency to ourstate government. We went around the political establishment and signed alaw protecting Second Amendment supporters," continued Darr. "We havebeen successful and now it's time to take our conservative values and winningteam to Washington."
Darr's family joined him on stage, with his children leadingthe Pledge of Allegiance and his wife Kim standing by his side during hisspeech. The family plans to hit the campaign trail immediately with stopsaround the district.