Pro-life activist Mark Houck, previously prosecuted by Biden DOJ, now running for Congress

August 8, 2023
Ben Marquis

Though the politicization process likely began long ago, the Department of Justice under President Joe Biden has been fully politicized and sicced upon the partisan opponents of Democrats, including former President Donald Trump but also so many other less well-known conservatives.

Now one of those conservatives targeted by Biden's DOJ for a lengthy prison term, pro-life activist and father Mark Houck, has announced his plan to run for Congress in his home state of Pennsylvania, according to the Western Journal.

What's more, if Houck is successful in not only primarying incumbent Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and then winning the general election in 2024, he aims to be assigned to the new House Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, from where he hopes to be able to hold the Biden administration accountable for its clear politicization of the justice system.

Previously targeted for prosecution by the DOJ

"I have seen first-hand what an out-of-control government can do to its citizens. I will fight to protect all people and their rights under God & our Constitution. My platform is based on common sense," Houck said on his campaign website.

He added, "I am running for Congress to further protect my family, those in the 1st district & the Republic. I will focus on restoring traditional values & principles that are central to the American identity, such as faith, family, & freedom of speech, religion, & the right to bear arms."

According to Just the News, Houck first ran afoul of President Biden's politicized DOJ in 2021 following a relatively minor altercation he was involved in with a pro-abortion activist outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Pennsylvania while advocating his pro-life beliefs alongside his then-12-year-old son.

The pro-abortion activist had been harassing and threatening and invading the personal space of Houck and his son, which eventually prompted the father to shove his leftist antagonizer and eventually resulted in assault charges under a specific federal law pertaining to abortion clinics for which federal prosecutors sought an 11-year sentence in prison.

Fully acquitted

According to the Catholic News Agency, despite the altercation outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic occurring in 2021, it wasn't until September 2022 that roughly two dozen heavily armed federal agents raided Houck's home early in the morning and arrested him with guns drawn in front of his wife and children.

He was charged with violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act (FACE Act), and as noted, faced up to 11 years in prison if convicted. However, in January 2023, the jury in that case needed less than an hour of deliberation to acquit Houck of the federal charge against him.

"We took on Goliath -- the full might of the United States government -- and won," Houck's attorney Peter Breen told the Daily Signal. "The jury saw through and rejected the prosecution’s discriminatory case, which was harassment from Day One. This is a win for Mark and the entire pro-life movement. The Biden Department of Justice’s intimidation against pro-life people and people of faith has been put in its place."

Seeking political revenge against the Biden administration

Houck is now seeking his revenge against the Biden administration politically via his announcement of a run for Congress, and he told CNA that his arrest and prosecution at the hands of Biden's DOJ played a big role in his decision to launch a congressional campaign.

Indeed, "the fundamental reason" underlying his run for Congress is his desire to help protect his fellow Pennsylvanians in the 1st Congressional District from having to potentially endure the same sort of political persecution that he went through over the past couple of years.

CNA reported that Houck expressed his hope that, if elected, he would be assigned to the Weaponization subcommittee that is chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and is tasked with investigating alleged and proven "violations of the civil liberties of citizens of the United States."

"I’d like to get on that committee, and I’d like to be the face that the Democratic Party cannot ignore and the story that cannot be ignored," he told the outlet. "My presence in D.C. will maintain that story, and they can’t run from it."

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