Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer attends the People/Time
Party On The Eve Of The White House Correspondents' Dinner on April 26
in Washington. Meyer confirmed his interest in running for Congress but
did not give a time frame. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images for Time
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer told Marine Corps Times on
Tuesday night that he is “someday” interested in running for Congress,
but left the time frame for it uncertain following a day of speculation
about his plans.
Meyer, 25, said in a phone interview that he is
weighing his options for the future after receiving public messages of
support from hundreds of people online early Tuesday, as the U.S.
government went into a shutdown driven by members of Congress failing to
reach a compromise on federal spending.
“I love Americans and I
believe in this country,” he told Marine Corps Times. “I really
appreciate the overwhelming support and encouragement, and I hope to
someday serve America again.”
Questions about Meyer’s political
intentions arose after he posted a series of messages on Twitter late
Monday and early Tuesday. In the first, Meyer, now a sergeant in the
Marine Corps Individual Ready Reserve, complained about the shutdown at
“I’ve decided I think that for everyday the federal
government shuts down, we shouldn’t have to pay federal taxes,” he said.
“What about you??”
When others encouraged him to run for office,
he responded that he was thinking about it. At 12:01 a.m., as the
shutdown took hold, he posted: “Congress 2016, POTUS 2024!”