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fox news (yes, believe it or not they really let Hurd be heard)
Rep. Will Hurd, R-Texas, appeared on Fox News’ “The Story” Friday and discussed his upcoming retirement and his future in the Republican Party.
“I’m still a Republican,” Hurd told guest host Jon Scott. “Just because I’m not in Congress, [that] doesn’t change that. So I’m looking forward to continuing to make sure that the Republican Party looks like America.”
Hurd, who announced Thursday he will retire from Congress at the end of his current term, told Scott that he thought the Republican Party “can be more diverse” when pressed on the issue.
Hurd and Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., are the only two African-American Republicans in Congress.
When asked about Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, withdrawing his name from consideration for director of national intelligence, Hurd called Ratcliffe “a friend.” Hurd, a former CIA officer, also said that he hadn’t been asked about the job.
Hurd praised the men and women in the intelligence community and credited them for the lack of large-scale terror attacks since Sept. 11, 2001.
“The reason there hasn’t been [an attack] is because the men and women in the intelligence community are still operating as if it’s Sept. 12th because the men and women in our military are doing the same, as well as law enforcement,” Hurd said.
from texas monthly:
Congressman Will Hurd on His Surprise Retirement, Whether He’s Running for President, and the GOP’s Big Problems
Many commentators saw the news of Hurd’s impending exit as a devastating blow to the GOP. Without Hurd’s uncanny ability to defy political gravity, the Democrats now stand a much better chance of finally flipping Hurd’s district. No Hurd in the 23rd means Republicans are even less likely to take back the House. And the GOP is now inarguably less diverse and less likely to push back on the president’s most extreme tendencies. The lingering, already moribund hopes of the 2013 GOP autopsy—that the party would someday soon usher in an era of “welcoming conservatism”—now seems truly, utterly dead.
Hurd doesn’t see it that way. Speaking to Texas Monthly the morning after his announcement, the congressman insisted that he was still committed to making the Republican party “appeal to people of all stripes in the United States of America.” He’d announced his impending departure in part so he could focus his energy on campaigning for Republican primary candidates across the country who were in his mold. And he emphasized he wasn’t finished with his own political ambitions either.
“I’m about to turn 42 years old, I’m sure this is probably not the last time I run for elected office,” Hurd said. “Who knows?…If opportunities arise, we’ll evaluate them as they come.”
Pat, sorry; fell asleep at the switch.
Anyone else have trouble getting to sleep if you get waked up at 4:30, or is it just me?
Haha at 4:30 or 5 I’ve had all the sleep I’m likely to get.
NEW THREAD thanks to sturge
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