State Senator Royce West, D-Dallas, who finished second just behind MJ Hegar in the runoff for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in July, said Friday that he would not vote for Hegar to oust Senator John Cornyn.
“She’s crazy,” West said when he got home, where he said he had seen game 5 of the NBA finals rather than the televised Cornyn-Hegar Senate debate, which also aired Friday night.
“She’s never made contact and that’s who she is and I don’t vote for her, I don’t vote for this race,” said West, the veteran Senator who had a far stronger than expected race against Hegar at the Runoff elections on July 14th.
When asked why he didn̵
“I know a lot of people who don’t vote for them,” West said.
West’s name came up on Friday’s debate when Dallas Morning News political writer Gromer Jeffers, one of two presenters, reminded Hegar that she defeated West by only about 30,000 votes out of nearly a million.
Jeffers noted that West and his supporters could certainly be helpful in their campaign, but added when speaking to West on Wednesday, “Here’s what he told me: He said MJ Hegar had my cell phone number and she didn’t call me.” Support.”
“Have you contacted Sen. West since Wednesday and (if not) why not?” Jeffers asked Hegar.
Hegar began her response by saying that “personal endorsements usually come with consideration that I believe are a large part of what is broken in politics,” added, “I believe Sen. West supports me because I know we’re on the same page and we share so many of the same values, and I’m really overwhelmed and inspired by the support of grassroots dynamics across the state, including black and brown communities across the board State who know they are not being served by our current leadership. “
Jeffers then asked Hegar, “Can you tell me exactly what you are doing to get votes in color communities, especially in the African American community?”
“Absolutely,” replied Hegar. “We’re talking about voters who have been taken for granted and sold out and have broken promises so many times that you can’t go into communities and say, I’m just assuming they’ll support me, or here are some promises: You have to go with it People speak and earn their voice and work with them and not just talk to them but hear from them and I have partnered with these communities to find political solutions to the challenges they face I face and I am very looking forward to the plans we have. “
Trying to spark bad feelings between West and Hegar in the primary and runoff elections, Cornyn attempted to revive that role by making his observation in the debate that “there is a reason Royce West MJ Hegar not because of her Treatment is calling She suggested that the senator, an African American, a successful lawyer, the only way he could reach out was to be corrupt. That’s how she treats people. “
Hegar responded by saying, “I have a lot of respect for Sen. West, and I think this is saying something that John Cornyn is putting in his opponent’s area code for the first time in nearly four decades as a nationally elected official. He is clearly concerned and it’s because you can’t choose who to run against. “
US Senator John Cornyn and MJ Hegar discussed at KXAN on Friday evening.