I’ve been watching “Texodus” – the retirement of a bunch of formerly safe seat Texas Republican representatives, and wondering if any of these people have grit. Look, I get Will Hurd – he seems like a relatively decent guy and he’s definitely gonna get stomped. Go with God and collect your wingnut welfare.
But what about Pete Olson from Sugarland? That’s a R+10 district that he won by 14K votes in 2018. Yeah, it’s going to be a tough fight, but it’s winnable, and Pete is only 56. He should have some fight left in him. Similarly, Kenny Marchant is 68 (which is barely middle age in the House), and in a R+9 district north of Dallas. Another winnable fight. They’re both just giving up, and in doing so, they make the probability of flipping their districts a lot higher.
Contrast these two runaways with Nate McMurray, who’s going to take another run at Chris Collins. Even though Collins is under indictment for insider trading, he won his R+11 district by a couple hundred votes against McMurray, whose slogan is “Fight Like Hell”. That was a heartbreaker, and nobody would have blamed McMurray for giving up. Even if Nate wins, he will probably be beat in 2022. (Back when this was NY-26, with a similar electorate, Kathy Hochul won a special election to replace Chris Lee, who had sent some shirtless pics to a woman over Craigslist. She lost to Collins in the next general.)
McMurray is an excellent candidate. He’s young, energetic, smart and determined. In districts all over the US, if we have candidates of his caliber, we’ll flip seats. But he also has a wife and kids. It’s a sacrifice for him to run, twice. We’re lucky to have fighters like him, and he’s a hell of a contrast with the cowards who will neither disown Trump nor put up a fight for their winnable Texas districts.