Another day, another Texas state official was accused of attempting to use self-denial for political gain.
State Representative Michelle Beckley, a Democrat, joined more than 50 of her colleagues earlier this month to flee Texas to deny quorum on GOP voting bills. She took to Twitter Tuesday night to appeal for support as she tried to topple a Texas Republican in the United States House of Representatives.
“I am one of the brave Democrats from Texas who came to Washington to fight for the franchise in my state. Now I am fighting to overthrow a seat held by an anti-democracy Republican. I have 28,500. . Can you help us get to 50,000 subscribers? ” she tweeted.
She followed the tweet with a link on how best to contribute to her campaign.
Beckley’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News, but the tweet was criticized for reference to bravery.
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Jason Rantz, the radio host, tweeted: “YOU. CALL. YOURSELF. BRAVE” Another commentator tweeted: “If you have to tell people what you did was ‘brave’ there is a good bet it was not brave at all. “
His tweet seemed to have some effect. Early Wednesday, her account apparently went from 28,500 to 33,700. She also received tweets in support of her efforts.
The Texas issue is clearly divided between the parties. Democratic supporters have likened these lawmakers to suffragists and civil rights leaders, while critics accused them of wielding a fair bill that they say makes “easier to vote and harder to cheat.”
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But whatever your stance on invoices, many see their message sometimes overshadowed by preventable mistakes. A Democrat has been criticized for posting a photo of her dirty laundry in a hotel room, which has led to allegations of “bogus” sacrifice. (The lawmaker then apologized for distracting from the real issue.) There was also a photograph that showed a group traveling with a crate of Miller Lite beer raising questions about their seriousness. A COVID-19 outbreak also emerged as a problem and even prompted Vice President Harris to be tested at Walter Reed.
Texas House Democrats have left the state in an attempt to break the quorum and stop votes on two election bills introduced by Republicans. Lawmakers hopped on a private flight to Washington where they planned to lobby for the protection of federal voters.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott told Fox News on Tuesday that he plans to call an upcoming special session of the Texas state legislature as soon as absent lawmakers return from their trip.
Abbott told “America Reports” that the Texans acknowledged that the dozens of fugitive State House members were shying away from their taxpayer-funded work on their behalf and that the trip had been a “disaster.”
“Their constituents are very upset that the MP from their house is not in the [Capitol], doing the job they were elected to do, ”he said.
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Beckley will challenge U.S. Representative Beth Van Duyne, a Republican from the state’s 24th Congressional District. The Texas Tribune reported that Van Duyne is one of two Lone Star State Republicans who are targeted for 2022.
Van Dunye’s office did not immediately respond to an email.
Beckley posted in a previous tweet: “Generations of Americans have come to Washington, DC, to learn more about our democracy. I came here with over 50 of my colleagues to save it. Leaving our families behind to block Texas Voter Suppression Bill. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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