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).
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (right), running for re-election as Harris County Sheriff, with KAD member Ken Aucoin
Jay Stittleburg (right), candidate for State Senator, District 4, with Tony Morales of KAD.
Big Tent Event a Success
Saturday morning, Sept. 19, was a cool, sunny day, perfect for KAD's Big Tent Event. Democrats from across Kingwood and the surrounding area came to pick up candidate signs and other political swag. Adding to the morning's fun was having several candidates join us to answer questions and chat with voters.
Area Democrats were happy to take away lawn signs and other campaign materials. KAD board members Ellie Porras, Robin Pearce, and Jack Alexander helped each person find the items to match their needs.
Kathy Cheng, candidate for Justice, Texas Supreme Court, Place 6
Judge Julia Maldonado (right), standing for re-election to District Court, with KAD board member Elizabeth Stern.
Judge Veronica Rivas-Molloy (center) candidate for Justice, First Court of Appeals, with KAD members Kevin and Katrin McManis.
Left to right: Eartha Johnson, mother of Te'iva Bell, candidate for judge, Criminal District Court; Paula Miller; Clarence Miller, 2022 candidate for County Commissioner, Precinct 4; and Jeff McGowen, candidate for Harris County Constable, Precinct 4.