(TheLibertyRevolution.com)- Texas has another candidate entering the race for lieutenant governor, and it’s a surprising one.
Matthew Dowd, who once served as the chief strategist for the re-election campaign of former President George W. Bush, will be running in the race as a Democrat. Dowd had a very public split with Bush, and has now switched parties.
Dowd does have previous experience working as a Democrat, too. He once worked for Bob Bullock, who was the last Democrat to be elected as lieutenant governor in Texas back in 1994. Now, Dowd will face a challenging battle to beat incumbent Republican Dan Patrick.
Dowd announced his candidacy in a campaign video, in which he said that politicians have failed Texas. He called Patrick “cruel and craven,” saying he’s a divisive person who puts his own personal ambitions in politics over the needs of the residents of Texas.
In the announcement video, Dowd said:
“Enough is enough. We need more officials who tell the truth, who believe in public services, in common sense with common decency for the common good. … We need to expect more from our politicians. “Dan Patrick believes in none of those and that is why I am running for the powerful office of lieutenant governor of this great state.”
The candidate said he first started to consider running for political office after the attack at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. Still, it wasn’t until Texas’ most recent legislative session ended that Dowd focused in on targeting Patrick’s seat as the one he wanted.
“Watching the legislative session and how horrendous it was — not only what the lieutenant governor didn’t do, but also what he did do. This summer, I started thinking maybe I should run and remove this guy so I don’t have to be embarrassed about our own state.”
Some of the things Dowd said bothered him the most was Patrick failing to lead the state to fix its electric grid when millions of people in Texas lost power for multiple days last February during winter storms. He also pointed to Patrick’s alleged failure to address the rising cost of the state’s health care.
Dowd accused Patrick of pushing “culture war” issues like an election security bill that he and other liberals have said will disenfranchise the state’s voters of color, as well as Texas’ new bill that basically bans all abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.
Dowd said he would overturn those two laws right away if elected.
He said that if he were elected lieutenant governor in Texas, he would focus on the state’s electrical grid problems, and work to return power of decision making to local officials. He said that would’ve helped a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of right now, Governor Greg Abbott prohibits any local officials from instituting vaccine or mask mandates.