Man Charged Over Capitol Riot Running for Office—But He's Not Sure Which One

A man charged over his alleged participation in the January 6 Capitol riot is planning to run for political office. However, during an interview that aired on Sunday, he seemed confused about which job he was actually seeking.

Jason Riddle was arrested in his native New Hampshire in February and charged with knowingly entering a restricted building, violent entry, disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and theft of government property.

Riddle has said he plans to run against Democratic Representative Ann McLane Kuster of New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. But in an interview with NBC Boston's Katherine Underwood, he seemed to think Kuster was in the state house and not the U.S. Congress.

Riddle told Underwood: "I thought Ann was a state representative."

"No. So, a state rep is in the statehouse in Concord," Underwood said.

"Yeah, that's what Ann is!" Riddle replied.

"No. No, no. She's in Washington," Underwood explained.

"Oh. Well, I guess I gotta run against that then," Riddle said.

During the interview, Underwood asked Riddle: "What does being at the riot do for your campaign?"

"In the long run, if you're running for office, any attention is good attention, so I think it will help me," Riddle said.

"It tells them I show up," he said. "I'm going to actually keep my promises and make some changes."

However, Riddle is currently banned from traveling to Washington, D.C. because of the charges against him. He is due to appear in court in July, and is hoping the fact he has a clean record will help him to clear his name. Riddle is a former corrections officer and mail carrier.

"Despite my ongoing legal problems, I'm supposed to live my life the way I want, and I want to do this, so why not?" Riddle said.

In a previous interview with NBC Boston published on February 5, Riddle said he had no regrets about his actions at the Capitol on January 6, but he did criticize others who were present.

He explained his reasoning for being at the Capitol, with reference to unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.

"He's winning the election when I go to sleep and then I wake up and, somehow, he's magically losing now?" Riddle said.

Describing the rioters, Riddle said: "They just broke into the building. I was in shock, I couldn't believe it was happening."

"They were smashing computers and printers and breaking things and throwing papers and lamps around," he added.

Riddle admitted to opening a liquor cabinet in an office, pouring himself a glass and drinking it. It was later discovered that the wine was in the Senate Parliamentarian's office, according to NBC News.

"And I chugged it and got out of there," Riddle said.

When asked if he had any regrets, Riddle said "no" but he did have criticism for others involved.

"Those psychopaths going around breaking things and hurting people can rot in hell," he said.

Representative Kuster is a five-term member of Congress who was reelected in 2020 with 53.9 percent of the vote to her Republican opponent's 43.7 percent.

Newsweek has asked Representative Ann Kuster for comment.

Pro-Trump Protesters Gather at the Capitol
Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. One man charged in relation to the Capitol riot has said he's running for Congress. Brent Stirton/Getty Images