Today the Houston Democracy Project spoke to Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio at a Harris County Democratic Party get out the vote rally.
Senator Gutierrez is running in the Texas Democratic primary to challenge Ted Cruz in 2024. Above is a picture of the Senator today with a citizen of the community.
I asked Senator Gutierrez if he'd make democracy an issue he'd discuss in his campaign. The Senator tried to shift the focus to gun violence issues. The Senator represents Uvalde. That is not what I was there to discuss.
At the rally there were remarks by Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Both the Congresswoman & Judge Hidalgo discussed Trump's recent visit to Houston and the scary things he said, ongoing Republican efforts to undo Democratic wins in Harris County in 2022 & the need to fight for democracy.
After the rally was over I asked Senator Gutierrez again about democracy. I said would you add democracy to your stump speech in addition to gun violence and whatever else? He said "Guns polled second with Latinos and third with African-Americans."
Okay. I appreciate the clarity.
If serving in a Texas Senate presided over by Dan Patrick & seeking to run against January 6 enabler Ted Cruz does not create a sense of urgency about democracy at risk, then good to know. Maybe a poll will come around that will put our freedom on the Senator's campaign agenda.
The Houston Democracy Project works daily to make democracy an issue in 2023 Houston politics and to inspire, organize and strengthen pro-democracy coalitions in Houston and Harris County. The Project will continue through 2024.
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I'm Neil Aquino