Garret Graves weighed taking on Louisiana Republicans

By Kelsey Brugger | 06/26/2024 06:51 AM EDT

Rep. Garrett Graves said that after his district was redrawn, he considered a primary fight in a different district. But he chose not to.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) is seen.

Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) on Capitol Hill. Francis Chung/POLITICO

Rep. Garret Graves said Tuesday that he had seriously considered challenging his fellow Republicans in primary races this year but ultimately decided it “didn’t make sense.”

In an interview with POLITICO’s E&E News, the Louisiana Republican said that after the state’s GOP lawmakers redrew his district to create a second majority Black district — making his reelection highly unlikely — he gave a great deal of thought to all of his options.

One of those options included challenging two Louisiana incumbents, Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.), the widow of a late friend, or Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.). But neither option seemed right, he said.


“We spent a lot of time looking at the different district options that were there,” Graves said. “And we finally came to the conclusion that we were trying to force something that didn’t make sense.”