From The Houston Chronicle Editorial Board:
“I work with people on a daily basis to pass legislation who I know get up in the morning trying to figure out how they can defeat me in my next election,” he told the editorial board in an hour-long interview last week. “… But you do what you can where you can.”
In an ordinary year, that might have been enough to endorse him for a fourth term, as we did for a third in 2014.
But in this year, in these deadly and divisive times, it is not enough. Not nearly. As a result, we heartily endorse Democrat MJ Hegar, an Air Force veteran who flew medical evacuation missions in Afghanistan where she earned a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device, to become Texas’ next senator.
We find Hegar’s mix of energy, moral clarity, and assertive pragmatism invigorating.
“I just want our country to live up to the ideals for which it stands,” Hegar, 44, told us in an interview last week, vowing to put some “function” back into the Senate.
Amen to that.
She also picked up the endorsement from the Austin-Statesman Editorial Board:
In our view, Hegar can shake up the status quo and act in Texans’ interests with a sense of urgency that’s regrettably missing in Congress. She is an engaging communicator who conveys a firm understanding of the issues and an ability to connect them to everyday lives. Her personal story combines elements of exceptional grit and courage and the relatable, everyday concerns of a working mother. As an Air Force pilot, Hegar was wounded when her helicopter was shot down during a 2009 rescue mission in Afghanistan.
Hegar told us she was driven to run for the Senate over climate change, worried about the world in which her young children are growing up. She advocates aggressive goals for expanding clean, renewable energy and investing in clean energy manufacturing and sustainable transportation.
But it is the rising cost of health care, she said, that’s uppermost on Texas voters’ minds. She favors a public option making Medicare available to all who want it, and supports measures to lower the cost of prescription drugs.
Republican incumbent Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger MJ Hegar will debate at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin — answering questions submitted by viewers and moderated by KXAN’s Robert Hadlock and Sally Hernandez and Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers, Jr.
As of Friday, Cornyn leads Hegar by eight points, according to a poll by the University of Texas and Texas Tribune. The poll found that 50% of likely voters prefer Cornyn.
Viewers can follow the debate on KXAN, on KXAN.com or on the KXAN News app. It will also be broadcast on Nexstar stations throughout Texas. You can also follow the hashtag #TXSenateDebate for the latest coverage.
And Hegar’s pushing another fundraising goal:
I also love that she’s calling bull shit on this:
Early voting starts on October 13th. Let’s keep up the momentum to flip Texas Blue. Click below to donate and get involved with Biden, Hegar and their fellow Texas Democrats campaigns: