Republican Congressman Marchant announced his retirement from the U.S. House on August 5, 2019.
His Dallas-area district leaves an opening for Democrats to exploit in 2020.
Marchant’s announcement comes days after RINO Congressman Will Hurd announced that he would not seek re-election in his border district. Pete Olson also retired and will not run for re-election in his district in the Houston suburbs.
Curiously, The Washington Post reports that “All three men won reelection in 2018 by five percentage points or less — in Hurd’s case, by only a few hundred votes.”
In statement thanking his family, staff, and constituents, Marchant said “I am looking forward to finishing out my term and then returning to Texas to start a new chapter.”
Democrats have declared that a “Texodus” is taking place as the three Republicans leave office. Three other incumbents— John Carter, Michael McCaul and Chip Roy — will be in competitive races during 2020.
The Post provides an interesting overview of the growing changes in Marchant’s 24th district:
Marchant’s district, centered on Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and comprising affluent suburbs between the two cities, is one of several Texas districts that has become steadily more diverse over the past decade. In 2012, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the 24th District by 22 points; four year later, Trump won it by only six points.
In 2018, Marchant beat his Democratic opponent by only three points after winning by 17 points in 2016. Given this shift, Democrats have put this district at the top of their target list.
There may be some validity in the reports about the changing demographics of the U.S. and its impact on the GOP’s electoral prospect in the next few decades.
It’s no secret that Third World mass migration trends benefit Democrats.
For the sake of maintaining a cohesive social order and political relevancy, the GOP will need to start getting serious on immigration reform—which entails restricting pathways to citizenship, ending birthright citizenship, and ending chain migration.
If not, the Lone Star State will likely transform into a solid blue state within the next few decades.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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