Some big news today out of Texas:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday announced a series of House, Senate and state legislature endorsements for 2020, including Air Force veteran MJ Hegar, who is challenging number-two Senate Republican John Cornyn (R-Texas).
Hegar, who narrowly lost to Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) in 2018, will face state Sen. Royce West (D) in a runoff election on July 14.
“At a time when working families are being squeezed to their breaking point, we need fighters in the Senate like @MJHegar who embody strength, courage, and an unwavering commitment to putting people first,” Warren tweeted Tuesday. “I'm proud to endorse her in the fight to deliver real results for Texas.”
Warren has also endorsed the following candidates today:
Click the links above to donate to any of the following candidates and incumbents campaigns. Hegar still has a runoff election on July 14th against Royce West (D. TX) for the nominee. Speaking of West:
State Sen. Royce West accused Sen. John Cornyn of engaging in “dog whistle racism” on Monday, after the Republican’s campaign mocked him as “Restful Royce.”
“Cornyn’s and his team’s choice of words … plays in to longtime racial stereotypes of African Americans being lazy,” said West spokesman Vince Leibowitz.
The Dallas Democrat’s campaign was finalizing a web ad focusing on the epithet and other statements or positions that he views as racist, as when Cornyn declined to repudiate President Donald Trump for telling four nonwhite congressmen to “go back” home, even though they’re all American citizens
Cornyn’s campaign rejected the allegation, insisting the mocking nickname pertains not to West’s race but to his lackluster campaign.
“‘Restful’ is a pseudonym for ‘quiet,’ ‘calm,’ ‘tranquil’ and ‘leisurely’ – all words that describe the pathetic campaign that West has been running; one that lacks any sort of policy depth, financial backing or inkling of grass-roots support,” said Cornyn campaign press secretary Krista Piferrer. “However, lest we continue to ‘offend’ Royce, and considering his defense of Wendy Davis’ radical positions on abortion and his radical desire to eliminate the oil and gas industry, we will now start calling him Radical Royce. You’re welcome.”
West is vying with former Air Force helicopter pilot M.J. Hegar in a July 14 primary runoff. The winner will face Cornyn in November as he seeks his fourth six-year term.
Throughout the campaign, Hegar has largely ignored rivals for the nomination and kept her sights trained on Cornyn. West has been more eager to focus on the fight at hand by contrasting his own views with those of Hegar, but Cornyn’s taunts provided an opening and he has sought to capitalize.
Texas is going to be a big state for us and we need to be ready. Click below to donate and get involved with the Democratic candidate of your choice: