The Florida man who landed a gyrocopter on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol earlier this year has expressed his intention to run for the House seat held for Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Douglas Hughes, a Democrat from Ruskin, Florida, said earlier this month that he intended to run for Congress but only indicated he would challenge a South Florida Democrat. In a court filing Wednesday, he says he will run in Florida's 23rd District, which Wasserman Schultz represents.
Hughes was arrested April 15 after flying through restricted airspace over and around the Capitol. He agreed to plead guilty to a felony and will be sentenced next year. His lawyers argue that the conviction does not make him ineligible to run for Congress.
Hughes told The Washington Post Wednesday that he had "very deliberately" targeted Wasserman Schultz's seat because he sees her as "poster child of establishment politics on the Democratic side" and because he believes she has "done a horrible job as chair."
"I want to get the money out of politics and return the power to the voters, rather than the connected voters and the wealthy,” Hughes told the Post. “That’s what I flew for, and that’s what I’m running for."
There was no immediately response to Hughes' statements from Wasserman Schultz or the DNC. Wasserman Schultz was elected to Congress in 2004 and has been DNC chair since 2011.
The Post reported that Hughes has vowed to "not engage in aerial civil disobedience" should he run for office next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.