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Former Congressman Matt Salmon Wants to be a Congressman Again

Former Congressman Matt Salmon announced today that he plans to run to replace Congressman Jeff Flake as the U.S. representative from Arizona's sixth Congressional district.

Flake already has announced that he's running for the Senate seat being vacated by Senator Jon Kyl.

Salmon and Flake have a lot in common: They're both Mormon, both are staunch fiscal Conservatives, and have both publicly opposed gay marriage. In a twist, both have relatives who at one point were dating.

As detailed in the New Times feature "Over the Rainbow," Salmon's son, Matt, was dating a second-cousin of Congressman Flake -- who happens to be a man named Kent Flake. We're told the two have since broken up, but are still friends -- and still gay.

Read Kent Flake and Matt Salmon's story here.

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Salmon was first elected to Congress in 1994, but only served six years after honoring his pledge to voters that he'd only serve three terms. The pledge was part of the then-GOP Congress' "Contract With America," on which many GOP members of Congress reneged.

Salmon ran for governor of Arizona in 2002, but lost to now-Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano.

"Over the past few years, we have watched as our taxpayer dollars have grown government and bailed out Wall Street," Salmon says in a statement announcing his 2012 campaign. "Government debt and Congressional inability to control spending is the greatest crisis facing America today."

Also seeking the seat is former Republican state Senate Majority Leader Chuck Gray.

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