The Brief: Trump looms in heated debate between Hurd and Gallego
Democratic challenger Pete Gallego accused U.S. Rep. Will Hurd of not doing another to distance himself from Donald Trump, while Hurd cited his rival's lack of legislative accomplishments during his own time in Congress.
The Big Story
In likely the only debate for the only competitive congressional race in Texas, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd and Democratic challenger Pete Gallego, the two men vying for the Congressional District 23 seat, clashed over Donald Trump and their respective legislative accomplishments. Here's what went down Thursday:
• Gallego accused his Republican rival of not doing enough to distance himself from Trump, claiming that Hurd only disavowed the GOP nominee after the surfacing of a 2005 tape where Trump is heard making lewd comments about women. Hurd, however, maintained that he has spoken out against Trump "from day one.” The two also sparred over Trump's border wall proposal, with Gallego pouncing on Hurd's refusal to explicitly come out against the idea.
• They also debated over who had gotten more done in Congress. Hurd claimed that Gallego was making a big deal of his affiliation with Trump because Gallego wanted to distract from the fact that he got “absolutely nothing accomplished” in Congress. Gallego responded by accusing Hurd of taking credit for the progress that Gallego himself made when he held the seat from 2012-2014.
• The Hurd-Gallego race is a rematch of a close 2014 contest. In order to maintain their majority in the House, many top Republicans — including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan — have prioritized Hurd’s re-election. Others who have campaigned for Hurd in CD-23 include Gov. Greg Abbott and former presidential candidate and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
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