Will Hurd, lone Black House Republican, won't seek reelection


The only black Republican serving in the U. S. house of representatives has announced that he is not running for reelection in twenty twenty comes in will heard represents a key swing district on the Texas Mexico border in his announcement Thursday evening is considered a setback for the GOP which is struggling with the issue of race and also a lack of diversity within its ranks wondering if your conventional correspondent Susan Davis to talk about this morning so good morning David so did you another see this coming will heard it comes as a surprise it was described to me by one Republican strategist as it got punch I'm as you said he's the only black Republican in the house so that certainly gives him some element of prominence but he was much more than that he was seen as a rising star in the party he was young he was only forty one years old he comes from a rather impressive background he was an undercover operative for the CIA which give them a certain amount of credibility inside the house on issues of national security and foreign policy it only served three terms he was first elected in twenty fourteen he was he survived the twenty eighteen democratic way even he was someone that I think a lot of Republicans were looking to is someone who could rise up in the ranks instead he said in his statement he intends to look for work now in the private sector working at the intersection between technology and national security why I've won a note the timing I mean that this announcement comes at the end of two weeks of president trump you know from the same Republican Party sending these incendiary tweets and and this rhetoric I mean did did heard mention in his resignation anything about that or or or or whether he might even leave the party not directly no I mean he made clear he plans to stay involved in the Republican Party he said he would still continue to work to grow GOP that quote looks like America he has been one of the most regular consistent voices that have been critical of the president inside the party he has been a critic of the border wall you know his his Texas district it takes hundreds of miles of the U. S. Mexico right there yeah it's right there if seventy one percent Hispanic he's one of the few Republicans representing a minority majority district he was a critic of the president for not being stronger against Russian interference in the elections and just recently he did vote with Democrats he was one of just four Republicans who voted with Democrats to rebuke the president for his racist tweets so he was certainly unique and a lot of that regard and I think that's part of the reason why his exit I think is being interpreted as a bad sign for the Republican

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