Politics Anti-Trump Republican vying for Texas congressional seat

02:50  16 april  2021
02:50  16 april  2021 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Criticizing Donald Trump is considered a death sentence for Republican candidates. But Michael Wood’s betting that it will be his lifeline. Wood is campaigning on an explicitly anti - Trump platform as he competes with 22 other candidates in a special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Ron Wright (R- Texas ), who represented a rapidly diversifying district in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs. Wood’s risky strategy centers on a belief there is a healthy slice of the GOP ready to move on from Trump after Jan.

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Michael Wood, one of the Republicans running in the special election in Texas' 6th congressional district, is hoping to stand out in the race as an anti-Trump Republican, he told CBSN on Thursday.

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"It's time for us to move past this man," Wood said in an interview with CBSN's Anne-Marie Green and Vladimir Duthiers. "I think that we need to do that now before we lose to Democrats in the midterms next year and the presidential election after that."

Wood, who is a Marine combat veteran and small business owner, is one of more than 22 candidates running in the state's special election to succeed Congressman Ron Wright, who died in February from complications from COVID-19. The North Texas seat represents the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has been held by Republicans since 1983.

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" Republicans are very much on offense in Texas , and are well-positioned to replace loyal [Nancy] Pelosi foot soldiers Lizzie Fletcher and Colin Allred with Wesley Hunt and Genevieve Collins while defending GOP-held seats ." TV ad bookings for the fall help tell the story of the state of the Texas Thanks to the retirement of Marchant, this is an open- seat race pitting Republican Beth Van Duyne, the former Trump administration official and Irving mayor, against Democrat Candace Valenzuela, a former Carrollton-Farmers Branch school board member. Marchant won reelection in 2016 by 17 points.

President Donald Trump intervened Wednesday in three competitive Republican congressional primaries in Texas , endorsing leading candidates who are nonetheless trying to avoid runoffs in crowded fields. National Republicans are prioritizing reclaiming Fletcher's seat , which she flipped in 2018, while national Democrats are working to capture Marchant's seat after he narrowly won reelection last cycle. Some of the candidates have prior connections to Trump . Pfluger was on the National Security Council as an adviser to Trump , while Van Duyne worked in the Department of Housing and

"I'm in this race because this is the first battle for the soul of the Republican party," Wood said.

The candidate's decision to pursue politics is what he said was expedited following the tone and certain policies of Trump's presidential term, including the January 6 insurrection, which Wood said former President Trump "bears direct responsibility for."

His campaign in Tarrant County, Texas  — which still accounts for many pro-Trump Republican voters — is what Wood described as a "tall mountain" to climb. However, Wood said that 30 to 35% of the Republican Party has indicated that they too are ready to move on from the previous president.

"Frankly I've been surprised with the number of people who have come up to me and said that they had been waiting on someone to say the things that I am saying; a Republican to speak plainly about what's happened in our country especially over the past few months," Wood said.

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Aside from anti-Trump pillars of his campaign, the Midland, Texas native also is pushing for a more modest infrastructure plan than President Joe Biden's $2 trillion dollar proposal. He said that infrastructure problems in the nation and in his state, which saw major issues in the past year, can be addressed with a plan in the range of $300 to $500 billion dollars.

The veteran, who was deployed in Afghanistan for two tours, also said that he agreed with Mr. Biden's recent decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan after the 20 years spent fighting in the country against the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

"We can have a robust anti-terrorism policy towards Afghanistan that doesn't require an incredible amount of troops on the ground," Wood said. "I think this is just, from a moral and a strategic point of view, the right move but it is very difficult."

Wood also told CBSN that he supports Mr. Trump's "Remain in Mexico" policy and said that he hopes that it will be reinstated. The policy, also referred to as the Migrant Protection Protocols, was first implemented in January 2019 and sent asylum seekers to return back to Mexico while waiting for their U.S. immigration proceedings.

"This isn't going to be solved through litigation," Wood said. "The immigration problem as a whole ultimately has to be solved through Congress, through legislation."

In a little more than two weeks, Wood face against two former Trump administration officials, 11 Republicans, and 10 Democrats in the polls at the state's special all-party election.

The Korean American woman vying for a Texas House seat is ready to take on the Chinese Communist Party .
Sery Kim dreams of being the first Asian American woman to represent a Southern congressional district in the House. © Provided by Washington Examiner Kim, an attorney and candidate for Texas’s 6th Congressional District who formerly worked in the Trump administration, wants to defend the Second Amendment, secure the U.S.-Mexico border, restore the "American dream," and most of all, take on the Chinese Communist Party, no matter the criticism.

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