Last updated on July 20, 2020
Fresh off her recent primary win, U.S. Senate candidate, MJ Hegar (D. TX), is ready to attack in her upcoming race against U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R. TX):
On Wednesday, the day after her victory in a closer-than-expected runoff election, MJ Hegar, Texas Democrats’ choice to deny U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a fourth term in Washington, released a new campaign video with a familiar look.
The decorated combat veteran is back on her motorcycle, roaring down a Texas highway, as the narrator issues a warning to Cornyn: “Welcome to the general election, John. A brutal Texas reelection battle. Your toughest race yet in a changing Texas. And your last.”
In short order, a ready Cornyn campaign fired back with its own video, also depicting Hegar on her motorcycle — a recognizable image from this campaign and her 2018 run for Congress — but providing their version of the back story: “Hollywood Hegar,” as they like to call her, is a scripted candidate who doesn’t represent Texas values.
In an interview, Hegar fired back, calling Cornyn “a lackey and a spineless bootlicker” for President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
“He is accurately shaking in his boots and acting scared,” she said of Cornyn.
Cornyn’s calling her the candidate of coastal elites, a product of Hollywood, reminds her of “watching my toddler throw a fit,” said Hegar, mother of two boys, ages 3 and 5.
“He in the primary tried to tell people I was too far right,” she recalled. “Now, he’s trying to tell people I’m too far left — and the poor guy can’t decide which messaging to go with.”
Cornyn is trying to claim that Hegar can’t beat him because she’s not Beto O’Rourke but Hegar is hitting back:
Democratic U.S. Senate nominee MJ Hegar is not impressed with Republican incumbent John Cornyn’s standing with Texas voters, including conservatives.
When asked about matching the $80 million that former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke hauled in for his 2018 Senate race against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz, Hegar suggested she wouldn’t need that kind of money to beat Cornyn.
“Cornyn is no Ted Cruz,” Hegar said during a recording of Lone Star Politics, the Sunday political show produced by KXAS-TV (NBC5) and The Dallas Morning News. “He doesn’t have support around Texas, and that’s because he has spent so long inside a little bubble on top of an ivory tower that he doesn’t understand that he’s completely disconnected from the values of our state and from the challenges of regular working people.”
“We need to raise millions of dollars, don't get me wrong,” Hegar said, but she said her campaign isn't solely focused on advertising.And, she said, Cornyn actually helps her campaign by reminding people why he should be out of office.“John Cornyn advertises really well for our race when he opens his mouth or tweets on social media or tells people that he doesn't think kids can get COVID, so he's helping a lot,” Hegar said.
That’s very true. There’s this:
When asked about the safety of Texas students and teachers returning to classrooms, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared to question whether children can catch and transmit the new coronavirus, but data provided by doctors and government websites contradict his statement.
“We still don’t know whether children can get it and transmit it to others,” Cornyn said in an interview Thursday with NBC 5.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, more than 1,700 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in people ages 0-19 statewide.
NBC 5 sent those statistics to the senator’s staff and asked for clarification on his comments, but they did not respond to our question on Thursday afternoon.
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has questioned what experts he should listen to amid the COVID-19 pandemic as coronavirus continues to blight Texas—with speculation it could be forced to return to lockdown to stem infections.
On Sunday, former Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg tweeted: “Listening to medical experts should not be political.”
To which Cornyn responded: “Which ones?”
In a subsequent post, someone recommended National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, to which Cornyn replied that Buttigieg had mentioned experts, “not expert.”
And of course this:
And of course, this:
Hegar has requested a meeting with her former primary opponent, State Senator Royce West (D. TX), to discuss uniting Democratic voters in order to win in November. The runoff had one of the biggest turnouts in 30 years. By the way, she’s already off to a promising start with raising money:
Ã¢ÂÂ MJ Hegar (@mjhegar) July 15, 2020
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