The race between Pete Gallego and Will Hurd for CD-23 is shaping up to be one of the most competitive in Texas, for a few main reasons. There’s demographics and voter turnout history, which could allow Democrats to reclaim a House seat in this presidential election year. There’s the fact that the state’s November ballot will see very few competitive races this year, which shifts more attention onto the CD-23 race. And there’s the matter of Will Hurd’s minimal record for his own constituents.
He’s voted against measures for vets and DREAMERs, against train service for his district, and sponsored a bill that would remove protections from Big Bend National Park in favor of turning it into an oilfield.
Perhaps that abysmal record of failing to look out for his own constituents is why Hurd’s latest comments come as little surprise. In a district that is over two-thirds Latino, Will Hurd refuses to denounce Donald Trump.
Though Trump has repeatedly spewed hateful rhetoric against Latinos, Muslims, and immigrants in general, the best a Hurd spokesman could come up with regarding Trump was:
“We still have several options to consider. So we’re not going to talk about who we are supporting until the process is over.”
Strong words, indeed.
While Hurd is not responsible for Donald Trump’s words, he is responsible for how he chooses to react. And in a district that is predominantly Mexican-American, it takes an incredible level of tone-deafness to refuse to condemn a man who has referred to all Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers. The front-runner of Will Hurd’s party has repeatedly insulted his constituents — if Hurd truly believes this is the best party to represent CD-23, he owes the many Latinos in his district an explanation as to why.
Gallego campaign spokesman Anthony Gutierrez put it well in a recent statement, explaining:
The arrogance on display from Congressman Hurd is astounding.
Congressman Hurd has sat back and watched for months as the people he is supposed to represent are attacked and demeaned on a near-daily basis.
When he finally speaks up, it’s only to talk about himself and how Trump might affect on his own race.
Congressman Hurd – this isn’t about you or your shot at re-election. It’s about the people you’re supposed to be representing and your complete failure to do so.
Given his prior history of being out of touch with the needs of his district, this seems to be just par for the course for Will Hurd. Texans in CD-23 deserve better.