Texas AFL-CIO Congratulates Hegar, Hails West, Aims to Take Down Cornyn on Nov. 3

The Texas AFL-CIO today congratulated M.J. Hegar on winning the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat, calling on Texans to vote on Nov. 3 for a new national path on issues that matter to working families.

The Texas AFL-CIO COPE had made a dual endorsement of Hegar and Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, arguing that either is far superior on core working family issues to 18-year incumbent John Cornyn.

Texas AFL-CIO President Rick Levy and Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay issued this statement:

“The Texas AFL-CIO congratulates M.J. Hegar on her victory in the Democratic runoff for U.S. Senate. M.J. worked hard to elevate the stories of working Texans and place the struggles and hopes of working families at the center of her campaign. We look forward to organizing and mobilizing to elect her on Nov. 3 so Texas can finally have a voice for fairness and justice in the U.S. Senate.”

“We also salute Sen. Royce West, a long-time friend whose accomplishments in this election were historic and lasting. Sen. West brought a message of justice and inclusion to the campaign, and won respect across the state through the force of these ideas, his values, and his character.  And his message of unity today — a commitment to coming together and achieving change for the better in the election — marks Sen. West, yet again, as someone who always places Texas first.”

“Sen. John Cornyn occupies prime real estate in the shadow of President Trump, but he has failed to lead. Cornyn is a master of the art of the impossible: Rather than  expand health care coverage to millions of Americans who don’t have it, he wants to end coverage for millions who do; rather than acknowledge what Americans see with their own eyes, he denies systemic racism exists; and rather than work proactively to help Americans whose lives have been turned upside-down by COVID-19, he calls it a “mistake” to have provided federal unemployment funds that staved off poverty for millions of Americans who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It is time for Sen. Cornyn to go.”