Former Bush Strategist Matthew Dowd Runs For Texas Lt. Governor As A Democrat
Matthew Dowd, a former reelection strategist for former President George W. Bush, is running for Lt. Gov. of Texas – as a Democrat. In an announcement video and Twitter post, Dowd bashed the incumbent, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) calling him “cruel and craven.”
Sisters/brothers, I am running for Lt. Gov of Texas. We must remove the cruel and craven GOP incumbent. I can't do this alone. I need your help. We are up against large sums of money. I hope you will contribute. https://t.co/O0FiIe1HlQ pic.twitter.com/jfCj3fW8bN
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) September 29, 2021
He attacked Patrick over his handling as Texas’ second in command of COVID-19, supporting a law that allows Texans to openly carry guns in public without a permit, the power grid failure, attacking voting rights and waging war on Roe v. Wade.
Dowd is fighting an uphill battle in a state where Republicans have total control of state government. If he wins the party’s nomination, he may be helped by the expected run of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who narrowly lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in 2018, against Gov. Gregg Abbott.