Thursday, 14 November, 2019

Will Hurd, the only black GOP representative in the House, announces retirement

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Patty Aguilar | 03 August, 2019, 06:28

While the former Central Intelligence Agency agent's written announcement late Thursday said he was pursuing an opportunity in technology and national security, he added, "I will stay involved in politics to grow a Republican Party that looks like America".

He vowed to "stay involved in politics to grow a Republican Party that looks like America".

Hurd was also a staunch opponent to a border wall, spearheading bipartisan legislation that supported border security but focused more on technology and strategy than a wall.

Hurd is the third Texas Republican to announce his retirement this cycle, joining Reps. "And we have a real opportunity to take that message to communities that don't identify with the Republican Party".

Will Hurd, the only Republican African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said on Thursday he would not seek re-election next year.

He also expressed frustration with Trump's tweets last month telling four Democratic congresswomen of color - including his MI colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib - to "go back" to their home countries, though all are American.

"Can't stop thinking about the time my cat suddenly bolted across the house and dove under the couch two seconds before an natural disaster hit", tweeted New Republic writer Matt Ford of Hurd's retirement. State Rep. Poncho Nevárez also represents a district - which spans 45,000 square miles - that falls into the 23rd Congressional District.

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In a Twitter post in response to Hurd's retirement, Jones said she was running again. The seat in the 23rd District has flipped between Republicans and Democrats five times since the 1990s, according to the New York Times.

Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said Wednesday he won't seek reelection, which he attributed to his loss of a leadership role atop his beloved House Agriculture Committee.

It also underscored a distaste among many Republicans for life as the House minority party, today's razor-sharp partisanship and Trump's tantrums and tweets. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayana Pressley of Massachusetts, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI - the four prominent progressive freshmen members of Congress who make up "the squad".

Congressman Tom Emmer, the chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps to elect House Republicans, said: "Contrary to what the pundits will tell you, this is an R+1 district and we will fight tooth and nail to ensure it remains in Republican hands in 2020".

In a statement, the executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, Manny Garcia, said that Hurd's retirement was just another indicator that Texas could go blue. Those retirements - and Republicans say there are more to come - will only complicate the GOP's pathway to gaining the minimum 18 seats it will need to grab the chamber's majority in the November 2020 elections.

"Hurd has been a lockstep supporter of the worst of Washington Republicans' policies and he sealed his fate when he pledged to vote for Donald Trump in 2020", said Jaffe. But the recent departures put perhaps four additional GOP seats in play and suggests an underlying unease within the party. "Democrats will win this seat and if Will Hurd doesn't believe he can keep his job in a changing Texas, his colleagues must be having second thoughts too". In the past two weeks, Reps.

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