GEORGETOWN, TEXAS — A previous Democrat primary challenger in the Austin-area race for incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. John Carter’s seat is now criticizing the favorite of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).
Big League Politics reported Thursday morning, Mar. 7:
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York is recruiting M.J. Hegar, the Democrat who ultimately lost a congressional race in 2018 to Texas Republican Rep. John Carter in Georgetown, Texas.
Schumer wants Hegar to run against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is up for reelection in 2020.
A veteran, something the DCCC particularly considers a desirable quality for candidates it supports (above any other quality a candidate may possess), Hegar ran a close race against Carter — who barely retained his seat in 2018
The photo above (credit: NYT, 2019) shows that Carter actually lost the traditionally-conservative Williamson County, which is significant indicator of the trends in that part of Texas.
That’s in part because of Dr. Christine Mann — a medical doctor who also ran on the Democratic ticket in 2018 against Rep. Carter.
As TDTNews reported in May, 2018, “Hegar, 42, easily defeated Cedar Park physician Christine Eady Mann, 53, on Tuesday. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, Hegar had 62.1 percent to Mann’s 37.9 percent.”
Big League Politics reached out to Mann:
“While I am excited that the DCCC is once again targeting District 31, I hope that they will not continue the tactics that they employed in the 2018 House races, including asking ‘non-chosen’ candidates to drop out, discouraging progressive candidates from participating, unfairly connecting only ‘their’ candidates to donor networks, and, in the case of Texas House District 07, outright smearing of a strong candidate.”
Mann is also critical of how the national party machinery is less effective after primaries, and says it is even disruptive during the primaries.
“Voters are best served when Washington elites support their party’s candidates after the primary, and without interference in the primary process,” Mann explained to Big League.
“To do other than that is to imply that they know better than local voters, and that they are afraid to let voters decide who best represents them,” she continued.
Dr. Christine Mann is strongly considering a fresh run in District 31 during the 2020 cycle.
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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