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Primary Challenger to Progressive Congressman Marc Veasey (D) Self-Donates $200,000


by: Joseph Vogas

Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 02:00 PM CST



Tom Sanchez (above) has given to himself and Mitt Romney

Republican Congressman Ralph Hall is not the only member of the Texas congressional delegation facing a well-funded primary opponent this year. Congressman Marc Veasey (D - Fort Worth) drew a last minute primary opponent in businessman Tom Sanchez. While not much about Sanchez is known, recent fundraising reports show that he donated $200,000 to his own campaign last December.

His $200,000 self-donation is the only donation listed on Mr. Sanchez's report, but Mr. Sanchez may have other avenues to access more funds. In mid-December, Mr. Sanchez was the recipient of a district meet and greet breakfast sponsored by former State Representative and Congressman Veasey's 2012 primary opponent Domingo Garcia.

Despite his well-funded opponent, Congressman Veasey is still in a commanding position to win re-election. According to the Congressman's report, Rep. Veasey maintains $527,483 in his bank account going into his 2014 re-election. Tom Sanchez maintains $179,562 of his $200,000 self-donation. It is possible, Mr. Sanchez may be able to self-fund to a larger degree in the next month. The Dallas Morning News has found Mr. Sanchez donated in 2012 to the presidential campaigns of Republicans Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

The Dallas Morning News also declared that Congressman Veasey has been an effective and eager representative for all of his constituents in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. In addition to The Dallas Morning News, Congressman Veasey has the endorsements of many Congressional leaders, including Leader Pelosi. You can read The Dallas Morning News' full endorsement of Congressman Marc Veasey after the jump.

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Editorial: We recommend Veasey in the 33rd Congressional District's Democratic primary

Two years ago, former state Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth squared off against well-known Dallas politician Domingo Garcia in the Democratic primary for the newly created 33rd Congressional District. The contest was supposed to pit an up-and-coming black politician against an established Hispanic politician. Fort Worth vs. Dallas.

Veasey won the district, which is heavily Democratic and Hispanic - and immediately vowed to reach out to his Hispanic and Dallas constituents and focus on three key issues: immigration, job creation and education.

Veasey, 43, has been following through: He set up a district office in north Oak Cliff and staffed all offices with bilingual speakers. He has become a regular at venues such as the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas and started monthly "Congress on Your Corner" events throughout the district. He's organized job fairs and advocated for comprehensive immigration reform. With jobs on the line, he bucked his party to support the merger between US Airways and American Airlines.

Veasey's Democratic challenger this time around, political neophyte Tom Sanchez, has never sought public office before. Curiously, Sanchez, 61, donated to the presidential campaigns of Republicans Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney in 2012. Sanchez was not available to meet with the editorial board and did not return several calls for comment.

The winner of this primary will face no Republican opposition in November.

The winner of the March Democratic primary will face Libertarian Jason Reeves. No Republican filed for this seat.

See a complete list of who is running for US Congress in Texas in our Burnt Orange Report Candidate Tracker.

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