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Senate, House Democrats Competing Over Failed Texas Candidate

M.J. Hegar unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2018. Now, both Chuck Schumer and the chair of the DCCC are competing to recruit her to run in different races in 2020.

By NTK Staff | 03.06.2019 @12:53pm
Senate, House Democrats Competing Over Failed Texas Candidate

As the old saying goes, try, try again.

The Huffington Post reported on Monday that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is recruiting M.J. Hegar, the Democrat who ultimately lost a congressional race in 2018 to Austin-area Rep. John Carter (R-TX). Schumer wants Hegar to run against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), who is up for reelection in 2020.

Hegar previously told HuffPost that a lot of things would have to fall into place for her to run for Senate, but it’s one of the options she’s exploring; another is challenging Carter again.

“Whatever race I’m eyeing, I need to feel strongly like I would serve that community, whether it’s District 31 or Texas … the best,” she said at the time.

It appears the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is jumping on Hegar’s indecision. National Journal reporter Ally Mutnick tweeted Wednesday that DCCC Chair Cheri Bustos “is personally recruiting” Hegar to run against Carter again in Texas’ 31st Congressional District.

Hegar is clearly a hot commodity among Texas Democrats, but ultimately one of the Democrats’ committees is going to lose this face-off. It’s not clear how aggressively each camp is competing, but it’s safe to say Hegar will be feeling the pressure soon.

And given that she came up short in 2018, Hegar best be working on a strategy to change her fortune come 2020.

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