PETE GALLEGO HOLDS 8-POINT LEAD OVER CONGRESSMAN WILL HURD IN RACE FOR TEXAS’ 23RD DISTRICT

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 11, 2016
Contact: Lyndsey Rodriguez, 210-218-2642, lyndsey@petegallego.com

PETE GALLEGO HOLDS 8-POINT LEAD OVER CONGRESSMAN WILL HURD IN RACE FOR TEXAS’ 23RD DISTRICT

Please see the attached polling memo from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research. The following is a comment from former Congressman Pete Gallego:

"Voters in Texas aren't buying what Will Hurd and Donald Trump are selling. These numbers match the conversations I've had all across the district – from San Antonio to Socorro. While Will Hurd surveys constituents on their support for Mr. Trump’s border wall, I have been talking to families about the issues that are most important to them.

“Congressman Hurd is going to have big outside spending on his side, but we are going to have the people and the votes on ours."

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Will Hurd: No Real Effort to Combat Zika Emergency

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Texas’ 23rd district is one of many regions to face brunt of health hazard

Congressman Will Hurd followed his fellow Republicans out of Washington last Thursday without acting on a request to fully fund an effective response to the Zika virus.

Previously, Congressman Hurd had followed other House Republicans in trying to cut efforts to combat the Ebola virus by using Ebola funds to fight the Zika virus. In addition, Congressman Hurd also followed along as the GOP leadership labeled as a response to the Zika virus a bill that adds legal exemptions to pesticides that have nothing to do with mosquito control. 

After following the congressional herd out of Washington, Congressman Hurd brazenly told Fox News San Antonio, “Congress has already acted” to address the threat of the virus. 

Zika is making its presence known in Texas. According to a May 27 report by the San Antonio Express-News, seven people have been diagnosed with Zika virus in Bexar County since February 1 of this year, and the total number of cases in Texas has risen to 40. Zika has also been found in TX-23.

Many parts of Central and South Texas continue to see record rains. Stagnant pools of water left behind by this rainfall create perfect conditions for mosquito breeding and for the spread of the Zika virus. According to a new analysis by the Center for American Progress, experts estimate that more than 491,000 pregnant women in Texas are at risk of Zika virus infection this summer and fall – making Texas the most at-risk state in the nation. 

Following is a statement by Pete Gallego, former Congressman and current candidate for TX-23: “Pregnancy is a wonderful but stressful time. For my wife and me, it culminated in the most special day of our lives. But it is indefensible that Congress would add to the natural stress of expectant parents by failing to address the danger of Zika in our region or anywhere in the country.”


Following is a statement by Lyndsey Rodriguez, spokesperson for the Gallego for Congress campaign: 
"The Washington Post's headline says it all: "Congress leaves town with no Zika resolution." Recycled talking points from Paul Ryan may work inside the beltway, but families affected by Zika in Hurd's own district deserve better. Responsible parents know that the health and safety of Texas children trumps Republican marching orders. Will Hurd should be ashamed.”

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New Report: Will Hurd has 4th highest increase in special interest money in Congress

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New Report: Will Hurd has 4th highest increase in special interest money in Congress

Last week, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released a new report concerning special interest fundraising by freshman members of Congress.

The report cites Congressman Will Hurd as having received a 457.31% increase in special interest money from the 2014 to 2015 election cycle. Rep. Hurd has the 4th highest totals out of 58 first-term Members of Congress counted in the report.

Following is a statement by Gallego campaign spokesperson Lyndsey Rodriguez:

"Texans are smart enough to follow the money. Children, small business owners, and veterans in places like Soccoro and Brackettville can't cut big corporate checks to get Mr. Hurd's attention. 

"The sad truth is, Mr. Hurd is bought and paid for by special interests groups who do not care about the actual well-being of Texas families.”

Following is a statement by Pete Gallego, former Congressman and current candidate for TX-23:

"Now we know that Congressman Hurd’s cash is special interest cash from Washington – not local interest support from TX-23. Most voters in the 23rd know that special interest money flooding the district is not something to brag about.”

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"Why I Support Pete" by Rep. Ana Hernandez

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Pete was there for me that day when I needed him.

And, more importantly - Pete has always been there for people like me who want nothing more than to earn the American Dream - but who have had to contend with a broken immigration system just to get our shot.

In the Legislature, in Congress and out, Pete has been there when we needed him. Now, he needs us.

Getting our friend Pete elected to Congress won't be easy - but we can do it if we all work hard and work together.


Statement on Attorney General Ken Paxton's Indictment

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My first job out of law school was serving in the Texas Attorney General's office as an assistant AG. It provided me with incredible trial experience and I have fond memories of that time. Because I have such great respect for the agency, it makes this controversy surrounding Attorney General Ken Paxton all the more disappointing. 


TRUMP'S IN TEXAS; STILL NO WORD FROM HURD

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Donald Trump just arrived in Texas for a tour of the U.S./Mexico border. 

It's been more than a month since Trump sparked a fierce national debate when he broadly referred to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists. 
A massive list of corporations, business leaders, entertainers and political leaders spoke out against Trump and cited how offensive his remarks were towards the Latino community. 
Notably absent from that group has been Republican Congressman Will Hurd - who represents a 70% Latino district that includes over 800 miles of U.S. / Mexico border. 

Reauthorize U.S. Export-Import Bank

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Failure to revive the Ex-Im Bank will cost jobs and put Texas and the country at a competitive disadvantage. Our country faces real and difficult issues that we must address. Eliminating a job-creating and revenue-generating agency is not one of them. Join me in asking our federal elected officials to help San Antonio’s economy by supporting the reauthorizing of the Ex-Im Bank.


Here's Why This Race is So Important

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My parents taught me that I could make a difference and had a responsibility to try. I teach my own son that, too. And so, I try. When I fall off my horse, as I did last November, I get back on. It's another lesson I'm passing on to my son.
 
A big part of that feeling of responsibility comes from knowing that Congressman Hurd and I have vastly different policy views. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that we have fundamentally different views of how Congress and government should function and how the 23rd District of Texas should be represented. 

WILL HURD: ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER VOTE AGAINST THE BIG BEND AREA HE'S SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT

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Last night, Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX23) voted to end Amtrak service to Alpine and the Big Bend area. As most West Texans know, the Big Bend Region doesn't have commercial air service and much of it is not even served by bus lines. A huge number of Texans depend on Amtrak's Sunset Limited line not only for transportation but also to bring in tourism dollars.


Stop the Pipeline Project, Let the Peoples’ Voices be Heard

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The pipeline is a big deal. It's the biggest deal in Alpine for a long time. Important decisions should not be made at breakneck speed. Turn off the trucks. Stop the digging.  

We all like to believe we have some say in our own futures. That didn't happen here. It's like our fate was announced in advance. Give us a chance to be part of the planning process. Listen to our concerns and then plan accordingly.  

For now, pause the pipeline.