Democratic Texas Senate candidate M.J. Hegar explained her opposition to the Green New Deal at a party luncheon Wednesday.
Hegar said climate change was an existential threat to her children and said “aggressive action” was needed.
But Hegar said she did not support policies like the Green New Deal, which has been championed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezLiberals ramp up pressure on Pelosi to discipline Boebert Ocasio-Cortez criticizes Boebert Christmas tree and guns photo Pressley offering measure condemning Boebert MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ed MarkeyEd MarkeyInstagram chief gets bipartisan grilling over harm to teens Senators seek to curb counterfeit toys and goods sold online Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo MORE (D-Mass.)
“I feel like so often we are attaching so many things to the key thing that we’re trying to accomplish that it politicizes it and makes it if you disagree with it, you’re a climate change denier, or if you agree with it, then you’re a socialist,” she told a questioner in the event audience.
“And it’s just so much oversimplification and talking point nonsense and finger-pointing,” she added, saying that she often felt like she was “washing the windows on a bus going off the cliff.”
Audience member asks @MJHegar if she supports AOC-Markey Green New Deal. Hegar says climate change is biggest threat to her kids and calls for “aggressive action.” But: “I don’t support the type of policies like the Green New Deal.” More: pic.twitter.com/A84xxywlJ9— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) July 24, 2019
Hegar, an Air Force veteran who narrowly lost to Rep. John CarterJohn Rice CarterTrump endorses Texas rep who said he 'very well may have' committed impeachable offenses Early redistricting plans show GOP retrenching for long haul Bottom line MORE (R-Texas), announced in April she would challenge Sen. John CornynJohn CornynGOP working to lock down votes on McConnell debt deal Manchin quietly discusses Senate rules changes with Republicans House approves bill to ease passage of debt limit hike MORE (R-Texas) in 2020.
The sweeping environmental proposal has been a point of contention between the party’s centrist and progressive flanks, with House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse passes bills to pressure China amid Olympic boycott House passes bill to strengthen shipping supply chain Overnight Defense & National Security — Biden: US troops to Ukraine 'not on the table' MORE (D-Calif.) dismissing it as “the Green Dream” earlier this year and Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBiden administration seeks review of Trump-era approval of water pipeline What's that you smell in the Supreme Court? New variant raises questions about air travel mandates MORE (D-Calif.) rebuking young activists who asked her to support the measure.