Democratic Rep. Colin Allred, who currently serves Texas’ 32nd Congressional District, has announced he will against Republican Ted Cruz for U.S. Senate. Allred posted a video to his Twitter which broke the news and he claimed that Cruz is “all hat, no cattle.” In 2018, Allred defeated longtime Republican Congressman Pete Sessions, in what was seen as a toss-up race. Democrats will not be worried about losing seat in the house now because redistricting has changed the district from purple to deep blue. Watch Allred’s announcement video below:
The video criticizes Cruz for his reaction to the January 6th riots and a trip the senator took to Cancun during a winter storm which left much of Texas without power.
Allred is a former NFL player who starred for the Tennessee Titans. He became a civil rights attorney under HUD Secretary Julian Castro during the Obama administration. Some of the top issues he will run include healthcare, transportation and gun restrictions.
According to CBS News:
Last year, Allred invited then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Dallas to discuss healthcare issues and has appeared with U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg when he has visited DFW International Airport and DART.
He has also highlighted his efforts to work with Republican members of Congress from North Texas to build a new VA Hospital in Garland.
Some local Democratic party activists tells CBS News Texas they believe Allred is their best candidate to defeat Cruz.
Reportedly, Allred could soon be joined Texas State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) who also plans to run against Cruz once the state legislative ends. Gutierrez comes from Uvalde, the town of the elementary school massacre which saw 19 people killed. He plans to run heavily on the issue of gun control.