Missouri Senate independent candidate John Wood wants to ‘unite Americans’, vows to consult with GOP if elected

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John Wood, the committee's staff attorney, interrogates witnesses at a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, June 16, 2022 Capitol attack.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Jan. 6 commission investigator John Wood, who is running as an independent in the Missouri Senate race and said he would consult with Republicans if elected, hopes to empower residents of the state and across the country. unite.

“I am a lifelong Republican and conservative, but the primaries for both parties have become a race to see who can become the most divisive and the most extreme,” Wood told Fox News Digital on Friday. “As evidenced by the fact that all candidates on the Republican side still seem determined to try and undo the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

Missouri will hold state primary elections for both political parties next week. Both the Republican and Democratic Senate primaries in the state have a crowded field of candidates, including former GOP frontrunner Eric Greitens, who served as the 56th governor of Missouri before his resignation from 2017 to 2018.

As an independent candidate in the race, Wood’s name will appear on the ballot for November’s general election.

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John Wood, the committee’s staff adviser, speaks at a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol on June 16, 2022.
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Given Greitens’ position in the poll and his “chance of winning the” [Republican] Primaries next week, Wood said he chose to “take a different path” with his candidacy in the race.

“I’m focused on trying, you know, to unite Americans and unite Missourians and help our country heal from much of the division we’re experiencing right now because we’re more divided than we’ve ever been in my lifetime,” he said. “I really want to get things done in Washington… it seems like the candidates from both sides are determined to go to Washington and just try to tear things down.”

Wood said he is getting a “positive reception” from Missouri voters who, he says, are happy to have someone in the race who is a “sane conservative” as they remain laser-focused on the economy and rising inflation.

If elected as an independent, and to receive committee duties, Wood would be forced to consult with Democrats or Republicans. Unlike elected independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine, Wood said he will “negotiate with Republicans.”

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Some Democrats in the state have expressed concerns about whether Wood’s candidacy in the race could negatively impact their favored candidate’s chances of winning the election. Wood dismissed the concerns, arguing that Republicans are saying the same thing and that he’s “in this race to win it.”

John Wood, the committee’s staff attorney, interrogates witnesses at a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the Jan. 6, 2021, June 16, 2022 Capitol attack.
(OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)

“I also hear Republicans say I can take votes from the Republican candidate, so I’m really concerned about getting enough votes to win, not who will get me more votes,” he said. “I’m in this race to win it… I’m not worried about who gets me more votes. I’m just worried about getting enough to make sure I beat both the Republican and the Democrat.”

Asked about recent hearings held by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol protests, as well as how the committee’s findings could affect race in the Missouri Senate, Wood said. that he was “not really sure” and concluded that the hearings provided Americans with a chance to hear “what happened” on that day.

“I think the hearings are very important to inform the American people about what happened on January 6 and how we can never let something like this happen again,” he said. “However, it is difficult to say how they will affect the race. I’m not really sure, but I think it’s an opportunity for people to see that I put my country above my political party and that I will always put the country first.”

Rep.  Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters at the Washington Capitol on May 12, 2021.

Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters at the Washington Capitol on May 12, 2021.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Jan. 6 committee, which is made up of nine members of the House, including seven Democrats and two Republicans, will be vice-chaired by Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who will face a Trump-backed primary candidate in Wyoming on Aug. 16.

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Even during his time as an investigator for the commission, Wood has shared a friendship with members of the Cheney family and said he would be “honoured” to get an endorsement from Cheney, who faced backlash over her criticisms. and voted to impeach former president Donald Trump.

“I would be honored to get her approval,” he said. “She said some very positive things about me that we put on the website. I am honored to have had the opportunity to work for her.”

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