This week we are excited to highlight David Jennings’ blog, Big Jolly Politics. He had the opportunity to visit with freshman state Rep. Raul Torres and talk about a variety of subjects like his election, first legislative session, and his mission to cut waste. What makes Rep. Torres next election interesting is that he was redistricted into another freshman representatives district. Enjoy!
I had the opportunity to sit down with freshman State Rep. Raul Torres (R-33) yesterday as he passed through Houston and talk about a variety of subjects. It was my first meeting with Rep. Torres and I came away impressed with his energy and positive message for Texas Republicans – both of those traits are lacking in the Harris County Republican Party. In my opinion, of course.
On his election
Rep. Torres first ran for the District 33 seat in 2008, losing to the incumbent, Rep. Solomon Ortiz Jr., 59-36 (a Libertarian rec’d 5%) with a total of 41,635 people voting. In 2010, he defeated Rep. Ortiz Jr., 52.5 – 47.5, with a total turnout of 23,805.
I asked Rep. Torres what he attributed the 17 point swing to and he noted two things. First the obvious, the Obama voters weren’t motivated and didn’t turn out. Second and in his mind just as important was the experience he gained in 2008, which resulted in his choosing a better campaign consultant, leading to a better, more organized campaign. The third factor, and the one I’m most interested in, was his willingness to venture into the Democratic strongholds of Nueces County – again, something that Harris County Republicans need to learn.
You can read David’s full post by clicking here.
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