On Monday, former U.S. congressional candidate Wesley Virdell officially announced he would be challenging Republican State Rep. Andrew Murr (Junction) for the Republican nomination to Texas House District 53.
In his announcement, Virdell said:
I am entering this race because we need stronger leadership in Austin. My opponent voted to allow democrats to chair powerful committees and voter fraud penalties were reduced from felony to misdemeanor for a bill he sponsored. It is time to replace those who won’t stand up with those who will.
Virdell is a resident of McCulloch County, a new addition to District 53 based on the recently approved district boundaries in the recently concluded decennial redistricting process.
Virdell went on to say:
After watching TX Rep. Andrew Murr remain silent while big government-mandated masks, shut down businesses, and destroy family incomes, I could not remain on the sidelines. I knew I had to take action.
As I travel across the district I constantly hear from residents that they believe Murr never stands up for them or I hear complaints that they have not seen him since he was first elected.
Democrat Committee Chairmen
At the outset of the 87th regular legislative session earlier this year, State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) offered two different amendments to the House Rules of Procedure. One would have limited committee chairs of key House committees to only the membership of the majority party, and the other would have prevented the minority party membership from chairing any of the House committees. It’s an issue that has thwarted Republican legislative priorities for years.
Both amendments failed, and Murr voted against both efforts.
As the legislative session progressed, Democrat chairmen again continued to stymie Republican legislative priorities as they were making their way through the legislative process.
Voter Fraud Penalty Reduction
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