While Texas has seemed decidedly Republican for decades, shifts in the population and voting patterns suggest that there may be some maneuvering room in districts there. Texas’ 7th district is one that the Democrats have their eye on. Although the TX-07 has not been held by a Democrat since the 1960s, and can cite George H.W. Bush as one of its past representatives, Hillary Clinton carried the district in the 2016 presidential election, and Laura Moser thinks she can flip it blue.
Competition for a district this tenuous might scare a Democrat into a more moderate position, but candidate Laura Moser is anything but scared.
Before declaring her race for the TX-07, Moser had a long career in writing and editing. More recently, Moser founded the organization Daily Action, a tool that offers actionable items every day to its resistance-minded subscribers. She is unabashedly pro-choice, believes in climate change, and proposes a variety of public policy ideas that support a wide array of people. Her unapologetically progressive platform is even starker when juxtaposed with her opponent’s record.
Rep. John Culberson has been in Congress since 2001, although you may remember him from a more recent town hall event where constituents yelled ‘do your job’. When he proposed that the only way to fix the ACA was to replace it, the crowd heckled him with “no”s. Culberson’s stance on the ACA is not his only unseemly stance. Pick a distasteful, extreme platform and he most likely supports it. Pair that with a 98% percent rate of voting with President Trump, and the idea that he represents the most diverse city in the county is mind-boggling.
On the Democratic side, Laura Moser faces a packed primary election on March 6th. If Democrats learned anything from the successes in Virginia and other 2017 elections, it should be that playing it safe is the surest strategy to lose. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the primary race, and the general election that will follow. Be sure to check out her website and follow her on social media.