A local retired Air Force chief master sergeant who gained Internet fame for his fiery letter to Rep. Paul Ryan defending veterans now wants to be his colleague.

Republican Chuck Wooten announced his intention to enter the District 2 congressional race.

Wooten will face Republicans Martha McSally and Shelley Kais in the primary election.

Republican Ed Martin pulled out of the GOP race earlier this month, citing “unforeseen personal family challenges.”

Incumbent Democrat Ron Barber is seeking re-election.

Wooten’s letter criticizing Ryan for his support for a budget bill that cut military retirement benefits went viral last month.