Texas Home candidate Susan Wright spotlights late husband’s legacy, Trump’s assist, in runoff
Susan Wright says her late husband all the time took his constituents’ considerations to Washington and “that’s the legacy I need to proceed.”
Rep. Ron Wright died from COVID-19 in February and his widow, a longtime GOP activist, got here in first in a area of 23 candidates this previous weekend in a particular election to fill her husband’s Home seat in Texas’ sixth Congressional District.
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In interviews this week with Fox Information Digital and on “Fox and Associates,” Susan Wright highlighted that “Ron was very lively with constituents and he spent numerous time right here within the district with them, listening to them and taking their considerations to Washington and performing on that, and so I simply need to proceed to do this.”
Wright received 19% of the vote in Saturday’s election to advance to a runoff with state Rep. Jake Ellzey, a Navy fight pilot veteran and fellow Republican who enjoys the backing of former longtime GOP Gov. Rick Perry. Ellzey got here in second with 14% of the vote.
Wright had been endorsed by a wholesome checklist of Texas Republicans and received the backing of the anti-tax Membership for Development, which has spent six figures to assist her bid. However she bought a really massive enhance final week when she landed the endorsement of former President Donald Trump, who spoke on her behalf and took purpose at President Biden throughout Wright’s tele-town corridor two days earlier than the election.
“I used to be very excited to have his endorsement,” she mentioned of Trump, who greater than three months faraway from the White Home stays extraordinarily in style with Republican voters and immensely influential with GOP politicians.
“President Trump did an important job on the economic system, on the border, on regulatory reform, on taxes, and I’m very honored to have his assist,” Wright emphasised as she vowed to “proceed the America First insurance policies” of the Trump administration.
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She advised Fox Information that the previous president “reached out and congratulated me” after she got here in first on Saturday. Going ahead as she battles Ellzey within the runoff, Wright mentioned she can be “completely … blissful to have his (Trump’s) assist.”
Together with her eyes on the runoff, Wright confused that “our race is admittedly the identical. Our message goes to be the identical. We’re nonetheless going to be a powerful conservative voice.”
She emphasised that “we need to safe the border. We need to strengthen the economic system. We need to make everlasting the Trump tax cuts and deregulation. We’re nonetheless a powerful voice for the unborn. These issues aren’t going to alter.”
Texas’ Sixth Congressional District – which covers some southeastern components of town of Fort Value and surrounding suburbs, in addition to the exurbs and rural areas south of Dallas – was as soon as a safely crimson district. Longtime GOP Rep. Joe Barton represented the district for practically 35 years. Wright succeeded Barton in 2018 and was reelected in November, however received each occasions by single digits. On the time, Trump carried the district by simply three factors over Biden.
However the Democrats are shut out of the runoff, as Ellzey narrowly edged Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez – who misplaced to Ron Wright by single digits within the 2018 congressional election – for second place.
General, Republican candidates within the particular election received roughly 62% of the vote within the extraordinarily low-turnout election.
Ellzey mentioned in a “Fox & Associates First” interview on Monday that the particular election was “a referendum” on Biden and the Democratic-controlled Congress and argued that “that is simply step one in taking again the Home in 2022.”
Wright agreed with Ellzey, and in addition pointed to the current border disaster as a contributing consider Saturday’s outcomes.
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The candidate mentioned that as she talked to voters, “what we’re listening to is that individuals are terribly upset about what is going on on on the southern border. They really feel very strongly that President Trump did a superb job securing the border and placing order to what was happening…. from day one President Biden has undone all that.”
“Completely folks in Texas are involved about it. We’re feeling the influence dramatically,” Wright emphasised.