In a major turn of events in Harris County, Dr. Steven Hotze has rescinded his endorsement of Wesley Hunt in CD-7 and has endorsed former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel.
I started hearing rumors about this on Thursday. Yesterday, Dr. Hotze called and confirmed that it was true and sent me the video above.
We had a long conversation about this and basically, Dr. Hotze thinks that he was misled by people he had trusted. He told me that he didn’t interview anyone else for the endorsement. Then, after making his endorsement and sharing it with thousands of Republican primary voters via his Conservative Republicans of Harris County mailer, he started to learn things about Hunt that disturbed him.
- The fact that Hunt has never voted in a Republican primary.
- The fact that Hunt voted in the 2008 Democratic primary. Hunt now claims that he was part of Rush Limbaugh’s “Operation Chaos”, which doesn’t make sense at all since Hunt has missed Republican primaries in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. If he was a committed Republican, why miss those primaries?
- The fact that Hunt’s beliefs do not line up with Dr. Hotze’s beliefs in critical social conservative areas.
If you don’t know the backstory on this, it’s probably helpful. Karl Rove and Kevin McCarthy went to central casting to find someone that fit their description of the perfect candidate to win back CD-7. Minority? Check. Military service? Check. Can raise funds? Check. Meets age demographics Rove/McCarthey prefer? Check.
Problem is, when you go to central casting to get your candidate, you end up with an actor. Someone that can play a role but has no core convictions. Want him to play another role? Get him another script.
I admire Dr. Hotze for doing this and admitting his error. I don’t know if it is too little, too late, but perhaps it will prevent Hunt from winning outright and then voters in CD-7 can have a redo in the runoff.
Cindy Siegel is an excellent choice for Dr. Hotze. A long time leader in Harris County Republican politics, she has a strong conservative record and is known for her ability to get things done. I suppose she is a bit outside of Rove/McCarthey’s preferred age group but there is something to be said for actual experience in politics.
Good luck to the voters in CD-7. Make a wise choice when you vote. Texas needs CD-7 to be Republican again.