MJ Hegar, a former Air-Force helicopter pilot declared their intention for one of Texas’ Senate seat against Senator John Cornyn.
With the memory of the Republican sen. Ted Cruz, the choice is again hard campaign against former Congressman and current, up to 2020 valid Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’rourke’s race still fresh in the minds of many Texans, the voters in the Longhorn state are preparing for another Senate pitting a longtime GOP veteran against an up-and-coming Democrat.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, is running a re-election battle next year against Democrat Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, after the former Air-Force helicopter,-explained the pilot on Tuesday, their intention for one of Texas’ seats in the Senate.
“Washington still has to do a lot of listening to, and I’m gonna make sure that you listen to us,” Hegar said in a video announcing their campaign. “Texans deserve a senator who stands for our values: strength, courage, independence, and putting Texas first.”
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Hegar, who lives in Round Rock just North of Austin, the missions with her husband and two children – Breakfast buffet three tours in Afghanistan between 2004 and 2009, when they flew combat search-and-rescue and medevac. In 2009, she was shot down and wounded during a mission, earning a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross with valor device to save for your actions, your crew and patients.
In 2012, Hegar filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of defense, was part of the movement that eventually led to the combat exclusion policy, the prohibition of women from certain military positions, as unconstitutional.
In her campaign announcement, Hegar accused Cornyn of himself too closely with the Republican party, a leader, and not looking after the interests of the Texans.
“He’s called Big John, but he shrinks out of the way while Mitch McConnell gets in the way of everything that happens, in fact, always, in our government,” she said. “And now John Cornyn, the shrinkage of the way again, while you try to, the protection for those of us with pre-existing health conditions. Weakness, cronyism, stagnation – these are not Texas values, John. But maybe you have been in Washington so long that you have forgotten.”
The National Republican senatorial Committee responded by calling by Hegar, the Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer “selected candidate” and the marking of the Air-Force-vet as a “Hollywood-Hegar” for their support of celebrities such as Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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“New York liberal Chuck Schumer was his chosen candidate in MJ Hegar,” NRSC communications Director Jesse Hunt said in a statement. “Hollywood-Hegar support for late-term abortion, and the state-run health care will play better with progressive Hollywood stars, as with mainstream Texans.”
This is Hegar’s first foray into politics.
Last fall, Hegar a tight race for Texas’ 31st Congressional District, losing to incumbent Rep. John Carter, who is now serving his ninth term on Capitol Hill. Carter earned 50.8 percent of the vote, with Hegar in the Hope of pulling in 47.5 percent and Libertarian Jason, about 1.6 percent of the total votes.