He spent nearly a decade undercover with the CIA in the Middle East and Asia, but don’t expect Will Hurd to keep a low profile when he arrives in Congress.
Hurd, 37, heads to Capitol Hill from Texas’s massive 23rd district — the state’s largest, it shares 800 miles of border with Mexico — following his upset victory Tuesday over Democratic representative Pete Gallego. At a time when one of the GOP’s top priorities is broadening its appeal to blue-collar and minority voters, Hurd’s victory is instructive. He joins Utah’s Mia Love as one of two black Republican House members, and he won in a district whose residents are mostly Hispanic.
This isn’t Hurd’s first bite at the apple: He ran unsuccessfully in the 2010 GOP primary for the same seat. This year, in an election cycle in which immigration and foreign policy became key issues, Hurd’s national-security expertise proved crucial. Those credentials helped him unite establishment Republicans and grassroots voters in the general election to pull out a win.
“It all kind of came together at the right time for him,” says Texas-based Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. “I don’t know if he’ll be a tea-party member, but I don’t think he’ll be an establishment member either. Part of the equation that he realized [from his previous run for Congress] was bringing the different aspects of the party together.”
Mackowiak expects Republicans to showcase Hurd early and often. “He will have a higher profile than the average freshman member would,” he says. West concurs. “When you look at the type of environment that Will Hurd has had to operate in, he’s not going to sit in some back corner,” he says.
That new environment may be a change of pace for Hurd after spending years trying to avoid the limelight, but he says he is up for it. “I was able to navigate the back alleys of Pakistan — I think I’ll be able to navigate the halls of Congress,” he says.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., explained during an appearance on MSNBC on Thursday that it is the Republican Party and its support for things being conducted at the local level, and not the Democratic Party, that has helped people like him rise from poverty and become successful.
His remarks came after MSNBC host Thomas Roberts asked: “You say you’re concerned about kids that are growing up in the wrong zip code and, like yourself, had a tough start on the way out. But if we look at agencies that are following some of your voting records, they have concern. And the NAACP has given you an ‘F’ on their annual scorecard.”
Scott responded to his grading with a laugh.
“Let’s just ask ourselves, if we look back over the history when Congress was controlled by the Democrats for 40 consecutive years, if we look at the result of that control, what has happened in black America? We saw greater poverty,” the South Carolina senator said.
“[I]f I have an ‘F’ on the NAACP’s scorecard, it’s because I believe that progress has to be made and the government is not the answer for progress. I was a kid growing up in poverty. I had a mentor who was a Chick-fil-A operator … who taught me that the brilliance of the American economy happens through business ownership and entrepreneurial spirit,” he added.
Scott explained that as government gets larger, poverty remains, meaning that the a bloated bureaucracy is clearly not the answer. The answer to address poverty, Scott said, is found in “ a good education” and “a strong work ethic.”
He’s still not running…
Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) said a Republican-led Senate would pass new, stronger legislation on immigration reform.
Romney said, “You’re going to see a provision, first of all, to secure the border. Second of all, to deal with those who come here illegally. And third, to make sure our immigration policies are more open and transparent … That’s going to happen. You’re going to see a bill actually reach the desk of the president if we finally have someone besides Harry Reid sitting in the Senate. So, we’re going to get it done.”
Romney also said he will not be running for president in 2016, “I’m not running. I’m not planning on running.”
After a long, unapologetic effort to defeat Tea Party and other so-called “unelectable” candidates in GOP primaries, the Washington establishment will likely need Tea Party voters in November to help swing several tight Senate races and win control of the upper chamber.
Republicans appear poised to win three of the net total six seats required to take the Senate. But they are locked in six other, too-close-to call contests in their effort to win the remaining three seats.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday dismissed the notion that party voters are not united behind their candidates.
“Can you point to a race … ? It’s a false narrative,” said group spokeswoman Brook Hougsen, who cited a recent George Washington University survey that shows Republicans with a 16-point advantage over Democrats (52-to-36 percent) in a generic poll on competitive Senate races.
Kevin Broughton, spokesman for the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, a political action committee, singled out a few races, particularly in Kansas and Mississippi, but suggested his troops will rally for the general election.
“While Tea Party people and conservative activists might have a bad taste in their mouth, the goal is to keep Barack Obama from making more bad appointments to the federal appeals courts,” he said. “And the way you stop that is to take away (Nevada Sen.) Harry Reid’s Democratic majority and his nuclear option.”
The America Enterprise Institute seldom has much positive to say about the impact of California’s leftist public policies on business and job growth in the less-than-Golden State. But AEI’s blog pointed to Monday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report to show that conservative Texas continues to crush liberal California in job growth.
The real action in Texas Tuesday wasn’t the klieg lights on Texas Governor Rick Perry being booked after vetoing funding for Travis County’s District Attorney and YouTube sensation Rosemary Lehmberg, it was that Texas businesses have continued to add more than 1,000 jobs every day over the last 12 months. Despite leading the nation again with 46,600 in July, there was no big celebration in Texas. In the Friendship State, job creation is just business as usual.
But in California, officials were high fiving that Employment Development Department data “showed state’s unemployment rate remained flat at 7.4%” last month and that they actually picked up 27,700 jobs in the latest BLS report.
The U.S. economy was hit hard in the Great Recession, but since December 2007, Texas has added 1,078,600 net new jobs versus California’s 69,400 net new jobs. That works out to a ratio of more than 15 new workers added to Texas State’s payrolls for every one worker added to California payrolls.
Have you heard of Professor Carol M Swain? She is a law professor at Vanderbilt University who said she cannot understand how anyone who calls themselves a Christian could belong to the Democratic Party. Personally, this is the exact sentiment that I share…and am sure many of my readers feel the same way. The Democratic party is based on the idea of abortion on demand. Abortion is built into their party platform: abortion on demand with no apologies. Prof. Swain argues that abortion, among other things, is equivalent to a genocide of the black community.
In a recent interview Swain pegged Obama as a destroyer of the country in general but specially bad for the black community in particular. She also says that it bothers her that so many people in the black community have been deceived and bullied into supporting a number of liberal policies that are destroying their communities and devastating lives.
Swain feels strongly that Obama is destroying the Constitution and robbing both black and white Americans of our civil rights. Obama and his Regime have attacked our freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association. You probably also realize that during Obama’s presidency he has dramatically expanded the level of surveillance into our lives. We are at a point now where we are literally being watched from the moment we leave our houses in the morning until the moment we return. We cannot even be sure when we are having a private conversation.
Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel has filed his official challenge of the June 24 GOP primary runoff results against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in state court, he and his lead attorney Mitch Tyner announced Thursday.
“Republicans did not elect the nominee on June 24,” McDaniel said in a statement, adding that “we are excited for the opportunity for Republicans to reclaim their primary process.”
“This challenge is not about the candidates,” McDaniel said. “It is about the integrity of Mississippi’s election process, and we are committed to ensuring that process is accurate and fair for future Republican candidates.”
Tyner, McDaniel’s attorney, said Mississippi Republicans’ First Amendment rights to associate were “clearly infringed upon” during the runoff.
“The party should have arranged for the primary to limit Democratic participation, but the Cochran campaign elicited the exact opposite,” Tyner said. “Since the Republican Party’s leadership clearly doesn’t trust the Executive Committee to hear this challenge, we have no choice but to file for judicial review.”
McDaniel’s decision to file in state court, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger wrote, means the state Supreme Court will appoint “a senior-status judge from outside Jones County,” the county in which he filed the challenge.
“It’s obvious that the fix is in with the Mississippi Republican Party executive committee,” which refused to review any of the evidence McDaniel put forward in his challenge, said Billy Bova, a Gulf Coast-based Mississippi political operative who works with grassroots-focused candidates from both parties, to Breitbart News. “It’s made up of a bunch of people who had to pay a fee to join their county committee, and on that executive committee they’re extremely used to pay to play; obviously—they’re controlled by the Thad Cochran, Haley-and-Henry Barbour cabal.”
Garry Cobb played football for USC and then for 11 years with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now running for New Jersey’s 1st District seat as a Republican, and his explanation of why he is no longer a Democrat is very compelling.
Explaining that he kind of discovered that he was Republican due to his upbringing, he said that the massively negative effects of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty had the most impact:
This was an incentive for the man to leave the home and it’s destroyed African-American families throughout the country.
I didn’t realize it but as I started thinking about it and growing up, because as a kid going to college, you know I was all into the Democratic Party and everything; then I started realizing they helped destroy our communities and we’re supposed to be celebrating electing these people.
One of the towns in our areas, Camden, is still suffering. I want to put an end to this.
He goes on to explain further how the Democratic party and its policies have impacted youth, the economy, and more. He has some not-so-complementary things to say about the President as well.