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Texas 7th CD 2018

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Post by Addie » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:43 am

Texas Tribune
In rare move, national Democrats come out against primary candidate Laura Moser in bid for Culberson's seat

The campaign arm of Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives set its sights on a surprising target Thursday: Democratic congressional hopeful Laura Moser.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee posted negative research on Moser, a Houston journalist vying among six other Democrats in the March 6 primary to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. John Culberson. Democrats locally and nationally have worried that Moser is too liberal to carry a race that has emerged in recent months as one of the most competitive races in the country.

The DCCC posting, which features the kind of research that is often reserved for Republicans, notes that Moser only recently moved back to her hometown of Houston and that much of her campaign fundraising money has gone to her husband's political consulting firm. It also calls her a "Washington insider." ...

The Texas 7th Congressional District is new offensive territory for Democrats and an ancestral GOP stronghold. But Hillary Clinton carried the district in 2016, and a flood of Democrats soon raced to run for the seat. ...

Moser's bid has been picking up momentum practically daily. Earlier on Thursday, her campaign announced it had raised nearly $150,000 in the first 45 days of the year. And she has amassed in recent months a massive online following for a first-time Congressional candidate. She is also a favorite interview subject of national publications, women's magazines and has a passionate following among many people who supported U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2016. ...

For months, Democrats in Congress and those who work on campaigns were quietly worried about how Moser would play in a moderate district like the 7th, which encompasses wealthy enclaves of West Houston and stretches out into the suburb of Katy.

Other candidates in the high-profile Democratic primary include cancer researcher Jason Westin, lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Alex Triantaphyllis, who runs a Houston nonprofit.
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WaPo - Dave Weigel: Progressives rage at DCCC after it attacks Texas candidate for ‘begrudgingly’ moving to Houston


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Re: Texas 7th CD 2018; Primary 3/6; Runoff 5/22

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Post by Addie » Wed Mar 07, 2018 7:18 am

The Hill
Texas Dem attacked by DCCC makes primary runoff for Culberson's seat

The Texas Democrat who was targeted by the House Democrats’ campaign arm is projected to advance to a primary runoff in the race to unseat Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas).

Laura Moser, a journalist and activist, will run against lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher in the May 22 runoff, since none of the seven Democratic candidates was able to get a majority of the vote. Fletcher came in first but failed to win enough votes to avert a runoff, while Moser came in second.

The Associated Press projected Fletcher to finish in the top spot Tuesday evening, while it waited to make the call on Moser until past midnight. As of 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Fletcher had 29 percent of the vote to Moser's 24 percent.

Moser’s advancement to the runoff comes despite a controversial attack by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) against her.
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Vox: The DCCC’s scorched-earth campaign against Texas Democrat Laura Moser backfired ...

The memo release was an unusual move for the DCCC, which usually stays out of Democratic primaries. It even earned them a rebuke from Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez.

“I wouldn’t have done it,” he said in a Sunday interview on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers. “We’re at our best as Democrats when we talk about the issues. … I don’t believe we should be anointing candidates. The people in Texas are the people who should be making the choices in Texas.”


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Re: Texas 7th CD 2018; Primary 3/6; Runoff 5/22

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Post by Addie » Sun May 20, 2018 8:26 am

Texas Tribune
Texas runoff between Laura Moser and Lizzie Pannill Fletcher a pivotal moment for national Democrats

HOUSTON — Houston Democratic players are now calling what was once the wildest Democratic primary in the state a word not spoken often in Texas politics: boring.

But even as local political junkies are tiring of the national drama surrounding the 7th Congressional District's Democratic primary in west Houston featuring attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and activist Laura Moser, what happens here Tuesday night will have outsized implications for national Democrats' optimism and tactics in their bid to take control of the U.S. House in the fall. ...

The DCCC is far more careful in how it approaches this race now compared to February. But it’s plain the committee prefers Fletcher. She also has the backing of EMILY’s List, which is often a player in the fall campaigns of their endorsed female Democratic candidates who back abortion rights.

It’s hard to imagine the DCCC, many members of Congress and EMILY’s List changing lanes after all of the drama in the primary and going on to spend millions on Moser in the fall – but it’s a weird climate this cycle and stranger things have happened.

All surface signs indicate that Fletcher has the inside track on winning the nomination on Tuesday.


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Re: Texas 7th CD 2018; Primary 3/6; Runoff 5/22

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Post by TollandRCR » Wed May 23, 2018 10:59 am

How informed is the DCCC about the politics of Texas 7th CD? Did they actually know that Fletcher could win the general election and that Moser could not? Or are they afraid of the progressives in the Democratic Party? I still do not trust the DNC and its activities.


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Re: Texas 7th CD 2018

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Post by Addie » Mon Sep 03, 2018 7:50 am

The Atlantic
This Race in Houston Is the Future of Texas Politics

Republican incumbent John Culberson has held the minority-majority Seventh Congressional District for almost two decades, but Democrat Lizzie Fletcher hopes to finally turn out progressives and minorities. ...


Fletcher stood on a step stool at the front of the room. The 43-year-old cuts an unconventional profile in the Seventh—female, liberal, inexperienced. Any one of those descriptors should be a nonstarter in this district, which a handsome blue blood named George H.W. Bush first turned Republican in 1966. That Bush has had only two successors in nearly five decades—both white, conservative men—appears testament to that fact.

But in a nod to the vast strangeness of 2018, Democrats see the Seventh as one of their best shots at taking the House. Indeed, Texas is changing. Across the state, Republican incumbents including Representative John Culberson here in the Seventh, Representatives Pete Sessions, Will Hurd, and even Senator Ted Cruz are struggling to fend off Democratic challengers. Suddenly, the idea of a progressive woman, a political outsider, unseating an 18-year incumbent like Culberson doesn’t feel so far-fetched. ...

Today, the district claims one of the most ethnically and economically diverse populations in Houston. It is 38 percent white, 31 percent Latino, 12 percent African-American and 10 percent Asian. To drive through the Seventh is to glimpse a vast number of takes on American life. The district touches some of the ritziest parts of Houston—the flashy mansions of River Oaks, the designer-stocked Galleria. Track a few miles southwest and you’ll find Gulfton, where Indian and Pakistani restaurants line the so-called Gandhi district and a single street might host Ethiopian and Guatemalan churches. Spin back up I-10 and there’s the Barker Reservoir, behind which many upper-middle-class homes were destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

As the state undergoes a demographic transformation with the political shifts to match, the question for some political analysts has become not if Texas will turn blue, but when. So it has with the Seventh: The decades-long Republican stronghold swung for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and Democrats have since zeroed in on it as a linchpin of their map to secure the House majority. “Any blue wave from Texas to Washington, including California, is going to start with this race,” longtime Democratic lobbyist Scott Eckart told me. “If Culberson loses, I think all the others will follow.”

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Re: Texas 7th CD 2018

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Post by Addie » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:45 am

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board: For the 7th Congressional District: Lizzie Pannill Fletcher



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