Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX) slammed his Republican challenger in the midterm elections, claiming out-of-state GOP donors and organizations are pouring money into her campaign as a way to “steal” the election.
Gonzalez, who is running for reelection for the House in Texas, urged Democratic voters to cast their ballots in November, warning the Republican Party was seeking to steal the blue district in the GOP stronghold of Texas. His comments specifically targeted Rep. Mayra Flores (R-TX), who won a special election on June 14 to finish Rep. Filemon Vela’s (D-TX) term representing Texas’s 34th Congressional District.
“There’s millions and millions of dollars from outside our region and outside our state that are coming here to try to steal our elections and take away your value and take away the process that we rely on, which is elections,” Gonzalez said during a “Vote Blue” event alongside Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). “They stole that last election. They spent $3 million to our $250,000, they campaigned for two years, and they still only won by less than 1%.”
Flores is seen as a rising star in the GOP after her special election win, flipping a crucial House seat in the Republicans’ favor and setting the stage for a competitive midterm election that will help determine which party controls Congress over the next two years.
The new congresswoman responded to Vincente’s comments, calling it a “desperate” attempt to cling to power.
“The far left is getting pretty desperate when Adam Schiff is coming down to Texas to save Vicente Gonzalez,” Flores said in a tweet. “The swamp is protecting one of its own.”
Flores will again appear on the ballot for Texas’s 34th District in November, when she’ll face Gonzalez for a full-year term.