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Resign, Senator Cruz!

Advice from the Houston Chronicle

Texas is a mess right now. Even as millions saw their power restored, others now face burst pipes, boil water notices, long lines for food, and warnings this may not be over. It's a catastrophe for struggling Texas families already on the brink amid a global pandemic, so we don’t begrudge anybody their “wanna get away” fantasies.

 

But a man elected to represent nearly 30 million people?

 

While it’s not Ted Cruz’s job to shovel the coal, and the power crisis is the handiwork of state officials, not federal, we expect leadership and perhaps a little solidarity from our junior senator, not half-hearted apologies over his ill-advised trip to sunny Cancun.

 

Cruz initially released a statement saying his daughters had asked to go on a trip to Mexico with friends since school was canceled for the week and he had merely accompanied them on their flight and was coming right back.

That excuse fell apart when The New York Times reported it had obtained texts that Cruz’s wife Heidi sent to friends on Wednesday, lamenting a “FREEZING” house and inviting them to join the Cruzes at the oceanfront Ritz-Carlton at $309 per night, coming back Sunday.

This editorial board called for Cruz’s resignation last month for his role in the Capitol riot, saying he wouldn’t be dearly missed by constituents anyway because he has never prioritized the unsexy tedium of governing and advocacy over the goal nearest and dearest to his heart: winning the presidency.

But escaping to Mexico hits a new low — even by the senator’s own standards.

Cruz’s trip to Mexico was foolish, callous and sadly telling of his approach to the job over the past eight years.

He should take our advice and resign. It looks like he could use a break and we could, too, from an ineffective politician who, even in crisis, puts his personal itinerary before the needs of Texans.
 

 Houston Chronicle Editorial Board

February 19, 2021

Keeping Energy Alive

It's never too early to look ahead to the next election! 

 

December 2, 2020, was a night to hear about political organizing and activism at KAD's monthly membership meeting.

KAD members were joined by Art Pronin, president of the

Meyerland Area Democrats Club and policy consultant with Sisters United Alliance. He also serves as a committee vice chair with the Harris County Democratic Party.

Pronin is considered an institution in Houston where he is well known by candidates running for political office. Although he has worked as a paid political consultant, 
Pronin also enjoys freely sharing his knowledge with Democratic clubs and candidates for the sake of motivating party volunteers.

His advice to club members is to "focus on the work to be done, never give up, and innovate" in order to "keep energy alive." He stresses that KAD represents the Democratic Party in our area, and we should, therefore, build the club's visibility. 

Art Pronin makes a point of reaching out to Democratic candidates. He met Kamala Harris, now Vice President Elect, when she came to Houston in 2019 during her own campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.  

The Sima for Texas campaign bus rolled into Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble on Saturday, Oct. 10, bringing Sima herself (front row, middle) and some of her campaign staff. In Kingwood, they were met by members of Kingwood Area Democrats and other Sima supporters. Sima Ladjevardian was the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, District 2, running against incumbent Dan Crenshaw (R).  

SEPTEMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4, was our guest speaker at the September Membership Meeting. As a retiree from the US Postal Service after a 29-year career, he talked about the history and challenges of the Postal Service, especially under the current administration

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Sherrie Matula, founder and president of Sisters United Alliance, a Houston-based organization, discussed the progress her group is making in bringing women out to vote. She said they are achieving good results with their data-driven campaign to find and encourage non-voting women to claim their voting power. SUA is now extending its reach to the most populous counties in Texas.

KAD has been raising money for the Sisters United Alliance through the President's Challenge Fundraiser. 

Our friend and neighbor, Jay Stittleburg, gave us an update on his campaign for State Senator in Senate District 4. His main campaign issues are health care, flood mitigation, education, and jobs and the economy. He wants to unseat Brandon Creighton (R), who has held the seat since 2014. 

AUGUST MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Alex Schroller, HCDP candidate coordinator, was guest speaker at KAD's August meeting.

It was an evening full of election campaign information! Guest speaker at KAD’s August 5th meeting was Alex Schroller, candidate coordinator at HCDP (Harris County Democratic Party), who talked about the various ways that club members can spread the word about local candidates and encourage community members to vote this election season.

 

Texas is considered a swing state in 2020, so it’s important that people are registered to vote and make the effort to vote.

Several candidates or their representatives also made visits to the meeting:

  • Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4, talked about his business and political background and why he wants to sit on the Harris County Commissioners Court. The seat is currently occupied by Jack Cagle (R).

  • Jeffery McGowen, 2020 candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 4. 

  • Sima for Texas Campaign was represented by Noah Schwartz, field organizer. Sima Ladjevardian is the Democratic candidate running against Dan Crenshaw (R) in Congressional District 2.

  • Julia Maldonado is running for re-election to Texas 507th Family District Court.

Mary Graham, SURJ Houston Chapter

JULY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Texas State Senator Royce West made a stop at KAD’s July meeting, taking time from his busy campaign schedule for the primary runoff election. He was running against M.J. Hegar for the Democratic nomination to oppose US Senator John Cornyn. Hegar declined our invitation. She later won the Democratic nomination. 

Royce West, state senator and runoff candidate for US Senate

KAD members learned about systemic racism and how it has hurt the Black population throughout the past century: economically, in education, and through the criminal justice system. Our guest speaker in July was Mary Graham, Houston Chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice), a national organization that aims to educate and mobilize White people for racial justice.

JUDICIAL CANDIDATES

Kingwood Area Democrats welcomed four judicial candidates to our July meeting. Three were in the runoff primary elections, while the fourth, Veronica Rivas-Molloy, was already on the November ballot.

Veronica Rivas-Molloy, Democratic candidate for justice in the 1st Court of Appeals.

Cheryl Elliott Thornton, candidate for judge in the Civil District Court

Te’iva Bell, candidate for judge in the Criminal District Court

"NO AGENDA" SOCIAL HOUR

 

An after-dinner, virtual social hour on June 25, turned into a stimulating conversation with Teneshia Hudspeth, Chief Deputy in the Harris County Clerk's Office. We talked about the Primary Runoff Election, plans for the November Election, and a range of other topics that affect Harris County and Texas voters. Hudspeth is Democratic candidate in the race for Harris County Clerk. 

Teneshia Hudspeth, Chief Deputy, 

Harris County Clerk's Office, and Democratic candidate for Harris County Clerk.