Dan Grant Files for CD-10: “Central Texans deserve a real voice in Congress”

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Big news: today Dan Grant filed his paperwork to run for CD 10, the Central Texas congressional district currently held by Michael McCaul. Grant filed with the TDP for the iteration of CD 10 drawn by the San Antonio federal court. That district, which no longer includes uber-conservative Tom Ball Tomball in Harris County, is a pick-up opportunity for Democrats, who need to regain only 25 seats nationwide to retake the House of Representatives.

Grant's campaign released a statement today detailing his experience on foreign policy and national security, and his commitment to give working Texans a real voice in Congress. From the statement (reprinted in full below the jump):

Grant said he felt compelled to explore a run for Congress because the people of Central Texas need a Congressman who understands and who will look out for their best interests.

“Central Texans deserve a real voice in Congress. We deserve a voice that speaks up for our needs above the demands of wealthy special interests and Wall Street mega donors. For years it's been clear that millionaire Michael McCaul, the single richest member of Congress, is unable and unwilling to be that voice,” Grant said. “I'll make sure the things that matter in Washington are the things that matter to families here in Texas.”

They also put together this great video from an emphatic Grant, touching on the populist themes resonating nationwide:

Grant had previously announced that he was forming an exploratory committee for the previous incarnation of CD-25, which stretched from East Austin to Tarrant County, and had drawn 9 Republican primary candidates, including Michael “Bowtie” Williams. Once the San Antonio court redrew the maps, Grant began looking at CD-10, and decided it was worth contesting again, as he did in the 2008 primary.

Clearly, Grant isn't afraid of an uphill fight, and it's great to see the vigor and energy in him as he prepares to take on McCaul. While no one knows what incarnation of CD-10 Grant will be able to contest — or when the maps will be set or primaries will be held — the main question is whether a grassroots, citizen-driven effort to take back this seat can trump McCaul's millions of dollars. Michael McCaul's father-in-law is Lowry Mays, founder of Clear Channel Communications. McCaul is worth at least $287 million, and is currently the richest individual in Congress.

The full statement is below the jump. Go Dan Go!  Full release:

AUSTIN– Dan Grant, an Austin-based foreign policy expert, today announced that he is launching his campaign for Texas' 10th Congressional District after much encouragement by a number of community and political leaders.  “The people of Texas and across our country are facing difficult times – unemployment, high health care costs, threats to the promise of Medicare and Social Security and a struggling education system,” Grant said. “We need solutions now from leaders who are willing to do the work and who know firsthand, as I do, the values and challenges shared by the working families of Texans.”

Grant will file for a place on the ballot for the 10th Congressional District in the Democratic Primary at the Texas Democratic Party headquarters at 4:30pm on Thursday, December 15.

Grant said he felt compelled to explore a run for Congress because the people of Central Texas need a Congressman who understands and who will look out for their best interests.

“Central Texans deserve a real voice in Congress. We deserve a voice that speaks up for our needs above the demands of wealthy special interests and Wall Street mega donors. For years it's been clear that millionaire Michael McCaul, the single richest member of Congress, is unable and unwilling to be that voice,” Grant said. “I'll make sure the things that matter in Washington are the things that matter to families here in Texas.”

See Dan's announcement video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…

With regard to the recent announcement by the Supreme Court to grant a stay of the interim maps as requested by Attorney General Greg Abbot, Grant said, “I didn't work to try and build democracy in places like Iraq and Afghanistan just to see it undermined here at home. This is yet another example of the desperate attempts of entrenched politicians clinging to power by putting self-interest above the interests of those they claim to serve. Greg Abbott's scheme to protect an illegal map may force a change in election dates and have the effect of confusing voters and suppressing turnout – at an added cost to Texas taxpayers when we can little afford it.” He continued, “I expect that the Supreme Court will act quickly to put into place a map that is legal and fair to the people of Texas. But I won't wait to build an organization and will continue to reach out to voters who share my view that we need a representative who shares and prioritizes our needs.”

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Background: Grant has spent much of the last decade working to bring stability to the Middle East, and won a commendation from the State Department for his efforts in Afghanistan in 2009. He served as deputy director of Iraq's largest out-of-country voting program in 2005 and oversaw an unprecedented effort to give democracy a chance in the Middle East by registering eligible voters in major U.S. Cities for Iraq's Transitional National Assembly election. In Afghanistan, he helped coordinate security and policy planning for the country's post-Taliban constitutional convention on behalf of the US government.  He now lives in Austin with his wife, Ami, and 2 year-old son, Jack. They are expecting a daughter, Grace, in January.

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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She has previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Austin. In addition to serving as the president of Austin Young Democrats, she is also UCONN's #1 fan in Texas.

7 Comments

  1. Welcome to the game
    I supported Dan in the primary 4 years ago, and everything that I wrote then is still true.  He's really smart, really dedicated, and would make a fantastic congressman. He worked with Jake Pickle back in high school, and understands what constituent service really means.

    The difference between Dan four years ago and Dan today is that he's learned a lot more about Texas politics, and will run a stronger campaign.  Give 'em hell, Dan!  

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