DCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) will open an office in Texas to protect two House seats gained in the 2018 midterms and target six seats where Republicans narrowly won, according to DCCC Chairwoman Rep. Cheri BustosCheryl (Cheri) Lea BustosDemocrats ask Trump for evidence that medical supplies are available Annual Congressional Dinner pushed back to June amid coronavirus concerns Internal Democratic research shows Hispanics energized to vote in November MORE (D-Ill.).

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The operation will be led by Democratic operatives Roger Garza and Michael Beckendorf, according to Bustos, and will have its headquarters in Austin, parts of which Carter, McCaul and Roy represent.

“When it comes to places where House Democrats can go on offense, it doesn’t get any bigger than Texas,” Bustos said, according to the Texas Tribune. “In 2018, Texas Democrats proved that they can win in competitive districts. That’s why we are continuing our investments in the Lone Star State by opening a new DCCC:Texas Headquarters."

The office aims to replicate strategies the DCCC used in California in 2018, where an aggressive on-the-ground strategy flipped seven Republican House seats, according to the Tribune.

"If the socialist Democrats were serious about competing in Texas they wouldn’t have spent the past three months pushing far-left policies like the oil-and-gas-killing Green New Deal and banning private health insurance,” National Republican Campaign Committee spokesman Bob Salera told the Tribune. “Texans will reject the socialist Democrats and their zany ideas in 2020.”

But the Texas GOP has increasingly fundraised with warnings about the precariousness of Republican control in the Lone Star State. “Story after story from national news outlets are posting about how Texas is likely not reliably 'red' in 2020," state GOP Chairman James Dickey said in a February fundraising email, according to the Tribune. "We need your help – today – to defend Texas.”