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.”

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.

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