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Who’s running against Chip Roy and the Trump Agenda?

Anyone interested in running against Chip Roy for the 21st Congressional seat in Texas has until December 9 of this year (2019) to file as a candidate. The Texas Primary Election, where each political party chooses a single candidate to advance to the General Election, will be held on March 3rd, 2020. The General Election, where we choose who will hold the office, will be held on November 3, 2020.

(In Texas, you can vote ahead of those dates as well! Generally, early voting begins the 17th day before Election Day and ends the 4th day before Election Day.)

So what options will TX-21 voters have as they seek a better alternative to Chip Roy? To date, the following candidates have filed, and begun submitting documentation of their campaign fundraising with the Federal Elections Commission:

Jennie Lou Leeder – Democrat
Michael Felts – Independent UPDATE: On August 24th, Mr. Felts informed Texas-21 Indivisible that he is withdrawing as a candidate in the House race.
Bruce Boville – Democrat
Wendy Davis – Democrat

You can track each candidate’s fundraising, and download searchable FEC reports showing where their donations come from, right here. Reports are filed quarterly. The next report, covering funds raised in July, August, and September, should become available early in October.

Mark your calendars for March 3, 2020!

Letter FROM Chip: Roy claims that civic engagement tools like ResistBot are contacting him without the sender’s knowledge or permission

A TX-21 resident recently received the following reply from Chip’s office after contacting him via the messaging service ResistBot. In it, Chip makes the ludicrous claim that civic engagement tools like ResistBot are clandestinely sending emails to Congressional offices without users’ knowledge or consent. 

Roy provides no evidence to support his claim that “many” people are “unaware these organizations are using their information to contact Congressional offices.” We are curious to know why he thinks this, and have reached out to his office for clarification.

Letter from Chip Ry's office to a constituent.

TX-21 Indivisible Candidate Forum Coverage!

LeederDavisSchornThe Austin Chronicle had a great write-up of our candidate forum last month: Dem Candidates Wendy Davis & Jennie Lou Leeder Take the Stage. Reporter Michael King provided summaries of the candidates’ responses to each of the audience-generated questions we asked, and pointed out that “Incumbent Roy was nominally invited to attend, but the event organizers said he had not bothered to reply. He was represented instead by an empty chair and sign for ‘WhoIsChipRoy.com,’ an Indivisible website devoted to opposition research on Roy.”

Our sole quibble with King’s report is that WhoIsChipRoy.com only contains “oppo research” if you consider Chip’s own words, and the data he has provided in his financial disclosure reports, “research”!

If you missed the forum, the video from our livestream is still available.

Oh, and if you’re curious why Chip couldn’t attend? He told us he was too busy, but at 9:00 that evening, as we were wrapping up, he tweeted this earthshaking piece of news:

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That’s right: Instead of coming out to meet with TX-21 voters and answer their questions, Chip was at home, yelling at his phone.

March 5th Ides of Trump Postcard Party #1

Join us on Thursday March 5th at Opal Divine’s for our first of several ‘Ides of Trump’ Postcard Parties. We will write postcards to Donald Trump that publicly express our opposition to him. These will all be mailed on March 15th (Ides of March). We will overwhelm the man with his unpopularity and failure. We will bury the White House post office in pink slips, informing Donnie ‘YOU’RE FIRED!’

When: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Opal Divine’s Austin Grill, 2200 S. IH35, Austin, Texas 78704

This is A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN: #TheIdesOfTrump. Goal is a million cards nationally, so come along, have some fun and do your part!

If you can’t make one of our postcard parties you can send your own cards from home and mail them on March 15th to:-

President (for now) Donald J. Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Chip: Thanks for Being You

Letter to the Editor, Austin American Statesman, December 27, 2019.

Reasons to give thanks to Rep. Chip Roy

Congressional candidate Wendy Davis recently released an ad thanking her opponent, GOP Rep. Chip Roy, for inspiring her to run against him.

I likewise want to give Roy credit for helping Davis’ ad go viral.

So thank you, Rep. Roy, for your embarrassing rant in praise of high drug prices. Thanks for tweeting about Chick-fil-A while children are being locked in cages. Thanks for disseminating Russian propaganda that our own intelligence agencies warned you against. Thanks for offering healthcare legislation that’s essentially an empty piggy bank with the word “Freedom” written on the side. Thanks for stonewalling and insulting your constituents as we’ve begged you to respect our values. Thanks for your ugly anger, your authoritarianism and your inability to grasp the concept of compassion.

From all of us real Americans in District 21: Thank you for making the job of replacing you so much easier.

Susan Schorn, Austin

Dear Rep. Roy: How do you “fix” pre-existing conditions people are born with?

January 8, 2020

Representative Roy,

I have serious issues with your proposed Health Care Fredom bill, but one issue in particular really jumped out at me with your November 1st post entitled: “Republicans must unite around ‘health care freedom.'”

In it, you wrote that your bill would “address the concerns Americans have about pre-existing conditions by fixing the problem before it exists.” After my initial reading, I had to reread it several times as I was simply incredulous as to what you were saying.

Representative Roy, some preexisting conditions are genetic, so how could someone “fix” the problem before it existed? The same goes for conditions that may have come about through unforeseen accidents or illnesses or simply through the natural process of aging.

I am simply dumbfounded that someone in a position of authority could make such a ludicrous and out-of-touch statement with a straight face. In addition, I can’t help but feel sorry for any American who might fall for your obvious flim-flam.

As on so many issues, I look forward to your explanation.

January 18, 2020 Candidate Forum in Austin!

Please join TX-21 Indivisible for an Austin-area Congressional Candidate Forum! This will be a moderated forum with questions submitted by audience members before the event. There will also be time to mingle and talk with your fellow TX21 voters!

The event will be at Opal Divine’s Austin Grill, located in the Best Western hotel at IH35 and Live Oak. There is plenty of parking in the restaurant lot. Candidates Wendy Davis, Jennie Lou Leeder, and Chip Roy have been invited; Davis and Leeder have confirmed.

Please RSVP via Eventbrite so we can get a head count — you can submit a question for the candidates with your RSVP. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Opal Divine’s Austin Grill

2200 S. IH35, Austin, Texas 78704
The Schedule:
6:30 PM: Get a beer, meet your fellow voters, and write down questions to ask the candidates.
7:00 PM: Candidate Forum Begins

Dear Rep. Roy: Why aren’t you applauding Chick-fil-A’s smart business move?

December 4, 2019

Representative Roy,

With you being one of the leading evangelists for the free market, I was extremely perplexed when you objected to Chick-fil-A’s decision to no longer make charitable contributions to organizations that discriminate against LGBTQ folks.

After all, Chick-fil-A is merely responding to market forces by hoping to attract a significant group of potential customers who it had previously ostracized. Furthermore, Chick-fil-A no doubt wants to expand its market share without the hindrance of one arm being tied behind its back.

Representative Roy, how exactly do you rationalize supporting the free market on one hand while opposing it on the other? With your degree in commerce (business) I’m very surprised that you’re unable to recognize the difference between good marketing/business practices and bad.

Moving on, I’d now like to turn to the moral side of the Chick-fil-A decision, as I strongly suspect that your opposition to their decision had less to do with business but more to do with your “Christian values.” If that happens to be the case, I want you to know that there are plenty of Christians, myself included, who sincerely believe that Jesus makes no exception for LGBTQ people any more than he did for other marginalized people such as the poor, disabled, lepers and slaves.

As with so many others issues, I look forward to your reply.