A Texas Democrat who fled the state to stymie a GOP-backed election reform invoice is being ripped for touting herself as “courageous” for doing so — as she launched a bid for Congress from a Washington, D.C. lodge room.
State Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Tx.) introduced her bid to unseat Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Tx.) in a professionally shot video posted to her social media on Tuesday night, through which she may very well be seen watching cable information protection of her group from a DC lodge room.
“Generations of Individuals have come to Washington, DC to study our democracy. I got here right here with over 50 of my colleagues to reserve it. Leaving our households behind to dam Texas Republicans’ voter suppression invoice,” Beckley mentioned from her swanky pad, which featured a full view of the Capitol.
The Home hopeful wasted no time making an attempt to extend her digital profile after the launch, selling her and her Texan colleagues’ jaunt as a profile in braveness.
“I’m one of many courageous Texas Democrats who got here to D.C. to combat for voting rights in my state,” Beckley tweeted. “Now, I’m combating to flip a seat held by an anti-democracy Republican. I’ve 28,500. Are you able to assist us get to 50,000 followers?”
She adopted up the tweet with a hyperlink on how greatest to contribute to her marketing campaign.
The tweet was met with rapid backlash on Twitter.
“YOU. CALLED. YOURSELF. BRAVE.” radio host Jason Rantz tweeted.
One other commenter tweeted, “If it’s important to inform folks what you probably did was ‘courageous,’ it’s a fairly good guess that it wasn’t courageous in any respect.”
In her marketing campaign video, Beckley chastised GOP lawmakers for opposing Democrats’ federal election reform efforts within the Home and Senate, which many on the left have mentioned make it tougher for poor folks and minorities to solid ballots.
Republicans, in the meantime, have mentioned that the measures within the invoice are designed to make sure the integrity of the vote by stopping voter fraud.
Beckley additionally accused Republican lawmakers of “blocking any makes an attempt to guard voters’ rights,” although her principal gripe is GOP opposition to federally-imposed laws on voting.
The group of fifty Democrats, Beckley included, flew to the nation’s capital final week to press Congress to cross federal election reform laws that will supersede the Texas invoice in addition to different election integrity legal guidelines in states like Georgia.
The Texas state Senate accredited the sweeping invoice final Tuesday night time, sooner or later after dozens of Home Democrats fled the state to stop the chamber from taking on the laws.
The state Senate accredited the invoice on an 18-4 party-line vote. 9 Senate Democrats had joined 51 of their Home colleagues in hightailing it to Washington, DC, although this was not sufficient to disclaim the higher chamber a quorum.
Nonetheless, the laws is now stalled as a result of lack of a quorum within the Home.
The journey, which is anticipated to price upwards of $1.5 million, is being funded by a number of donors, together with Beto O’Rourke — a Democrat who represented Texas within the Home till shedding a 2018 problem to incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) — and music icon Willie Nelson.