Published: Mon, August 05, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Rep. Will Hurd, lone black House Republican, won't run again

Rep. Will Hurd, lone black House Republican, won't run again

Hurd previously condemned Trump's rhetoric as out of line and a deterrent to diversifying the Republican Party. Hurd strongly criticized Trump, being one of only four GOP members who voted to condemn Trump's racist attacks on the House floor, and said his party needs to learn not to be 'racist.'Aug. That week, crowds at Trump's rally in North Carolina chanted "Send her back!" about one of them, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).

Hurd is the sixth GOP member to seek retirement in the last two weeks. (The other is Rep. Susan Brooks of Indiana.) Now there is just one black Republican in all of Congress, Sen. Tim Scott, the only African-American senator.

In an exit interview of sorts with Robert Moore of The Washington Post on Thursday, Hurd referenced Trump's outright racist tweets that four minority congresswomen should "go back" to their homes. He was also selected by then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that year to serve on the Appropriations Committee. "The odds are against us retaking the majority". Democrats appear eager to capitalize on Hurd's announcement and highlight that the typically-red Lone Star State will be a major battleground in 2020.

"Unfortunately, I am afraid there may be more [retirements] coming", Sarah Chamberlain, president and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, told POLITICO.

"When you look at trends, the two-largest growing groups of voters are Latinos and young people".

In retiring, Hurd had progressives wondering what Republicans know the rest of us don't.

"Texas Democrats are rising up everywhere".

The Republican National Committee this year issued a nonbinding resolution that declares the party's undivided support for Trump, and Republicans in SC are set to consider next month whether to cancel their primary, shielding the president from an inter-party contest. Mike Conaway and Pete Olson announced their own retirements. And after O'Rourke's record-breaking Senate race, Democrats have recruited former viral congressional candidate MJ Hegar to take on Sen.

Also unhelpful to Republicans: A disproportionate number of retirements have been of women.

In another blow to the GOP's reach for diversity, it is losing two of its 13 female House Republicans to retirement.

But Hurd only barely survived in 2018 to win reelection by just 926 votes over Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, an Air Force veteran who had already announced she was seeking a rematch in 2020.

Hurd said he wanted to "serve my country in a different way" when he penned his resignation - for when his term ends.

It is apparent that his reelection would have been hard. Conaway previously gained national attention for his role helming the Intelligence Committee's probe into Russian election interference.

Party control of the chamber hasn't changed during a presidential election since 1952, when Republican Dwight Eisenhower won the White House and majority Democrats lost the House.

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