«Will Hurd (TX-23) Research Report The following report contains research on Will Hurd, a Republican member of Congress in Texas’ 23rd district. ...»
Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco - who was swept into office by the 2010 tea party tsunami and was part of the U.S. House’s Tea Party Caucus - found himself attacked by former CIA officer Will Hurd for selling out conservatives when he voted for a 2011 budget compromise bill designed to avert a government default.” [San Antonio Express-News, 5/28/14] June 2013: Announced Candidacy for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District June 2013: Announced Candidacy for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. In June 2013, Hurd announced his candidacy in the 2014 race for Texas’ 23rd congressional district. Hurd said that his unique experience “has allowed me to see firsthand how overregulation and big government crushes small business owners, stopping them from creating jobs and expanding their business.” [San Antonio ExpressNews, 6/4/13] Despite Living In The 20th Congressional District. In 2014, according to the Bexar County Tax Assessor, Hurd lived at 10742 Bar X Trl in Helotes, TX. According to the House of Representatives website, Hurd’s home is located in Texas’s 20th Congressional District. [Bexar County Tax Assessor, accessed 3/20/14; house.gov, accessed 3/20/14]
Rumored that NRCC Was “Lukewarm” About Hurd In 2014
Rumored that NRCC Was “Lukewarm” about Hurd In 2014. “The nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report recently moved the district from the ‘Lean Democrat’ category to the more emphatic ‘Democrat Favored.’ There have also been whispers among some Texas Republicans that the National Republican Congressional Committee is lukewarm about Hurd’s candidacy and might be reluctant to sink money into his campaign.” [San Antonio Express News, 5/30/14] NRCC “Came Up Short in Recruitment” in TX-23. Roll Call reported: “By the numbers, Rep. Pete Gallego, a Democrat, represents the most competitive district in Texas. But the National Republican Congressional Committee came up short in recruitment there, despite efforts as late as November to get a strong challenger into the race. Two Republicans are seeking the nomination: former Rep.
Francisco “Quico” Canseco and former CIA Agent Will Hurd.” [Roll Call, 12/10/13] March 2014: Entered Runoff with Quico Canseco After Receiving 41 Percent Of The Vote To Canseco’s 40 Percent March 2014: Entered Runoff with Quico Canseco After Receiving 41 Percent Of The Vote To Canseco’s 40 Percent. In March 2014, the Republican primary for Texas’ 23rd congressional district went to a runoff between Hurd and former Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco when no candidate received a majority of votes cast. Hurd received 41 percent of the vote to Canseco’s 40 percent. [San Antonio Express-News, 3/6/14] “That’s the process, and bring it on,” Hurd said. “I think we’re going to find that I’m still very strong and I’m hopefully going to win that runoff. […] For me, this is about people saying, ‘We […] want someone who is not a career politician.’” [San Antonio Express-News, 3/6/14] Said Being in Congress Was “Going to Suck” Said Being in Congress Was “Going to Suck.” In 2014, on the night of the primary, Hurd spoke to supporters.
“It’s an honor for me to be part of this organization. I’m not crying because we’re close at winning this job. This job’s going to suck, you know. It really is,” Hurd said. [YouTube, uploaded 3/05/14] Wouldn’t Say What Was Different About His 2014 Campaign From His 2010 Wouldn’t Say What Was Different About His 2014 Campaign From His 2010. In April 2014, Hurd acknowledged that his 2010 campaign was a bit “green” but wouldn’t get specific about what he was doing differently in his second run. “Part of that is our secret sauce,” Hurd said. “We started this campaign knowing we’d be where we are right now. That’s why we have the grassroots army that we do.” [San Antonio Express-News, 4/2/14] Raised $116,049 in the First Half of 2013 Raised $116,049 in the First Half of 2013. In July 2013, the Huffington Post reported that Hurd had raised $116,049, less than one quarter of the $521,585 raised by Rep. Pete Gallego. [Huffington Post, 7/16/13] Outraised Quico Canseco in 2013 Q3 Outraised Quico Canseco in 2013 Q3. Hurd raised $154,789 between July and September 2013, compared to Canseco’s $9,396. [Dallas Morning News, 10/16/13] Loaned His Campaign $50,000 Loaned His Campaign $50,000. In February 2014, the Dallas Morning News reported that Hurd had raised almost $275,000 and had slightly more than $200,000 in the bank, including a $50,000 personal loan. [Dallas Morning News, 2/3/14] Said That He Burned All of His Campaign Donor Information Said That He Burned All of His Campaign Donor Information. In 2014, Hurd said that he burned campaign donor information. “My staff on my campaign think I’m a little bit odd because I burn all our information. If there’s somebody’s email, somebody’s address, somebody you know donated to us, we burn that information,” Hurd said. [YouTube, uploaded 2/04/14] Said There Was Nothing Wrong with the Republican Party’s Conservative Principles Said There Was Nothing Wrong with the Republican Party’s Conservative Principles. In a Tea Party debate in January 2014, Hurd said that the Republican Party was sending the wrong people to Washington.
“Professional politicians and lawyers are part of the problem with Washington, D.C. If we want to change what’s going on in Washington, we need to change the kind of people we’re sending there,” Hurd said.
“There’s absolutely nothing wrong with the conservative principles of the Republican Party. The problem is, we keep sending folks to Washington, D.C., that don’t know how to implement them.” [YouTube, uploaded 1/17/14; San Antonio Express-News, 1/16/14]
Said that the Republican Party Needed to Broaden its Appeal
Said that the Republican Party Needed to Broaden its Appeal. In a Tea Party candidate forum in January 2014, Hurd said in his closing statement that Republicans needed to broaden their appeal and communicate conservative ideals to those that don’t identify with the Republican Party.
“We keep electing folks that don’t know how to communicate these conservative ideals to those that don’t identify with the Republican Party right now. If we don’t broaden the base, if we don’t get more people into the party, then we’re going to die as an organization and that’s unacceptable.” [YouTube, uploaded 1/17/14] 2014: Endorsed by San Antonio Express-News 2014: Endorsed In Republican Primary San Antonio Express-News. In February 2014, the San Antonio Express-News editorial board endorsed Hurd’s candidacy for the Republican nomination for Texas’ 23rd congressional district, citing his conservative credentials. “Will Hurd has a crisp grasp of the issues, speaks with eloquence and confidence and understands our nation’s security needs,” the board wrote. “His experience as a CIA officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India give him instant credibility on international security and domestic privacy concerns and a unique perspective on border security. […] He supports repealing the Affordable Care Act, would fight gun control measures and would like to reduce federal spending.” [San Antonio Express-News, 2/11/14] February 2014: Endorsed by Co-Founder of Richmond Tea Party February 2014: Endorsed by Co-Founder of Richmond Tea Party. In February 2014, Hurd was endorsed by conservative blogger Sara James, who co-founded a local Tea Party organization in Richmond, VA before moving to Texas in 2012. [saraforamerica.com, 2/28/14] August 2013: Endorsed by Former County Commissioner Lyle Larson August 2013: Endorsed by Former County Commissioner Lyle Larson. In August 2013, Hurd was again endorsed by fellow Texas A&M alum and former County Commissioner Lyle Larson. [San Antonio Express-News, 8/9/13] March 2014: Endorsed by Robert Lowry March 2014: Endorsed by Robert Lowry. In March 2014, the Hurd campaign announced that he had been endorsed by Robert “Doc” Lowry, who came in third in the Republican primary. [El Paso Times, 3/31/14] “It’s exciting to receive the support of such a strong, liberty-minded, Texas conservative,” Hurd said. “Dr.
Lowry is a family man, with a strong Christian faith, and has dedicated his life to both working in our community and fighting for conservative values. We will with this runoff election by continuing to run a grassroots campaign that focuses on getting the government out of people’s lives and restoring our Constitutional conservative values.” [Burnt Orange Report, 4/8/14] Disagreed with Lowry on Dismantling the USA Patriot Act. In March 2010, Quico Canseco’s campaign manager said that Canseco didn’t win Lowry’s endorsement because he wasn’t willing to commit to dismantling the Patriot Act. He accused Hurd of changing his position in order to get the endorsement. Hurd said that he disagreed with Lowry on that issue and that he did not change any positions to win the endorsement. [Texas Roll Call, 3/09/10] Joked With Campaign Volunteers About Having to Bury Dead Bodies Joked With Campaign Volunteers About Having to Bury Dead Bodies. In 2014, on the night of the primary, Hurd spoke to supporters and thanked them individually for their contributions to his campaign.
“Mike Yansus and the entire Yansus family, you know, cracking heads, burying a few dead bodies in the process. There a couple more dead bodies we’re going to have to bury over the next few weeks,” Hurd said. [YouTube, uploaded 3/05/14] Spoke at Christian Business Chamber of Commerce Spoke at Christian Business Chamber of Commerce. In October 2013, Hurd spoke at an event at the Christian Business Chamber of Commerce. [San Antonio Express-News, 10/4/13] Hurd Said He Decided to Run for Congress Because He Could “Do a Better Job” Than Surprisingly Uninformed Members Of Congress He Briefed While In The CIA Hurd Said He Decided to Run for Congress Because He Could “Do a Better Job” Than Surprisingly Uninformed Members Of Congress He Briefed While In The CIA. In November 2014, Hurd said he decided to run for congress because he thought he could “do a better job” than some current legislators. The Houston Chronicle reported that while briefing members of Congress after the bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, “One visiting lawmaker, an Intelligence Committee member Hurd prefers not to name, seemed surprisingly unschooled in Islam’s Shia-Sunni split, one of the basic facts of Middle East strife. It was in that moment that Hurd decided he could better serve his country in a different role - a nameless secret agent no more. ‘I thought, ‘Hey, I can do a better job,’’ he recalls.” [Houston Chronicle, 11/14/14] Said His Spanish Language Skills Improved During The Campaign Said His Spanish Language Skills Improved During The Campaign. “Hurd said, noting he was also a minority and his Spanish-language skills are improving. ‘It’s gotten a lot better since the campaign started,’ he said.” [Politico, 11/03/14] 2010 Campaign for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District November 2009: Filed to Run for Congress in Texas’ 23rd District November 2009: Filed to Run for Congress in Texas’ 23rd District. In November 2009, Hurd filed papers with the FEC to run in the 2012 campaign for Texas’ 23rd congressional district. The seat was held at the time by Democrat Ciro Rodriguez. [Roll Call, 11/19/09] Said that Ciro Rodriguez was Out of Touch “Ciro has lost touch with the people he is supposed to represent, and the folks are frustrated,” Hurd said. “The people are ready for a kind of leadership that does not include Nancy Pelosi’s right-hand man.” [San Antonio Express-News, 1/17/10]
Republicans Backed Canseco Due to Hurd’s “Anglo-Sounding Name”
Republicans Backed Canseco Due to Hurd’s “Anglo-Sounding Name” “Can a candidate with an Anglo-sounding name win in a district that’s 60 percent Hispanic? Dave Wasserman, who analyzes House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, says ‘chief party strategists’ in Washington believe that answer is no, and for that reason hope Canseco wins.” [Texas Tribune, 4/02/10] Hurd Said it was “Condescending to the Hispanic Population.” In 2010, Hurd said that questions about whether he could win the district with an Anglo-sounding name were “condescending to the Hispanic population. Hurd said that he was biracial - his mother is white and his father is black.
[Texas Tribune, 4/02/10]...And Canseco Called Him an “Outsider.” “If he really believes that, it shows a certain naivete on his part,” said Canseco. ‘You have to be able to not just say ‘Yo hablo espanol’ with an English accent
- you have to be able to capture all the nuance of a community, the nuances of a complex society, the customs and mores. And if you don’t do that, then you are an outsider.’” [Texas Tribune, 4/02/10]
Said His Anglo-Sounding Name Wouldn’t Be a Liability
Said His Anglo-Sounding Name Wouldn’t Be a Liability. “The Hispanic population is no different from any population. You talk about the issues they care about, you have better ideas and be likeable— period. The people who ask [whether it takes a Hispanic to beat a Hispanic] don’t understand San Antonio. They don’t understand the border. They don’t understand West Texas.” [Texas Tribune, 2/16/10]
Said That He Was Shocked By Elected Leaders’ Ignorance
Said That He Was Shocked By Elected Leaders’ Ignorance. In January 2010, Hurd said that when he was serving in the CIA a senior member of the House Intelligence Committee on a congressional delegation to CIA posts in India, Afghanistan, and Pakistan asked him the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims. “I was shocked by the caliber of our elected leaders,” Hurd said. [San Antonio ExpressNews, 1/22/10]
Compared his Campaign to Hannibal Crossing the Alps