For Republicans in Texas, a handful of House retirements and an incumbent under an ethical cloud have set the table for an intriguing three-month run from Monday’s candidate filing deadline to the March 6 primaries.
The recent revelation that Rep. Blake Farenthold settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with taxpayer funds and faces an Ethics Committee investigation invited a potentially formidable primary challenger in Bech Bruun, who resigned last week from his appointed post as Texas Water Development Board chairman to run.
The 2nd District GOP field to replace Rep. Ted Poe is nearly double-digits, with state Rep. Kevin Roberts the only elected official among them. State Rep. Lance Gooden holds the same distinction in the 5th District, though Rep. Jeb Hensarling endorsed his former campaign manager Bunni Pounds to replace him.
A healthy field has developed in the 6th District following the bizarre circumstances that preceded Rep. Joe Barton’s late November retirement announcement, and even more are vying to succeed Rep. Lamar Smith in the 21st District, including his former House colleague, Quico Canseco.
— Kyle Trygstad