Former Bush strategist who is now running as a Democrat is running now as an former Bush campaigner

Former Bush strategist who is now running as a Democrat is running now as an former Bush campaigner ...

Matthew Dowd, the chief strategist for George W. Bush's reelection campaign in 2004, announced Wednesday that he is running for lieutenant governor of Texas as a Democrat.

Dowd, who was a political analyst for ABC News more recently, takes aim at Dan Patrick, relegated to the Republican incumbent, in an announcement video, detailing reportedly stale flaws, both on policy and character.

Patrick says in the 2 12-minute video that ''The GOP politicians have failed us, particularly the cruel and hungry lieutenant governor,' "He does not believe in common good."... He puts his me over our wes.' He lays his'me' over his we.''

Dowd's biography on his new campaign website highlights his work for Texas Democrats earlier in his career, before switching parties in 1999, despite being famous for his ability to steer a Republican president to reelection.

That includes work on a campaign led by former Texas lieutenant governor Bob Bullock, the last Democrat elected to the office in the state, in 1994.

Dowd also highlights his struggle with Bush in 2007, owing to his handling of the Iraq War and his identification as an independent afterward in his bio.

Nonetheless, Mike Collier, another Democrat running for lieutenant governor in Texas, took advantage of Dowd's Republican credentials, including his affiliation with Bush, during his campaign.

''Mr. Dowd you may notice things have changed a lot since you were working for Republicans,' Ali S. Zaidi, deputy campaign manager for Collier, said in ead. 'Democratic voters will be interested to learn how selling obscene battle, ensuring the deciding Supreme Court vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, and leading the charge to pass numerous anti-marriage equality ballot measures have shaped your current views'.'

Patrick, in his campaign rhetoric, describes himself as 'a preeminent voice for principled conservative policies in Texas and across the nation'', and he has built a national fundraising base. Dowd slammed the advantage in a tweet on Wednesday, saying that his campaign is up against big sums of money.

He accuses Patrick of pursuing culture wars over issues like abortion and race to the utmost extent of more pressing concerns faced by voters in his announcement video, which exemplifies scenes of Dowd driving in Texas, where he has lived for nearly 40 years.

'We need more officials who tell the truth, who believe in public services, in common sense with common decency for the common good,'' Dowd says. 'We require more officers who understand the facts, to believe the public service in a common manner and in good judgment.'... We must anticipate more from our politicians and demand that our leaders align with our values. Dan Patrick believes in none of those, and that is why I am in charge.

Dowd also issues with Patrick's handling of the coronavirus, his argument for a measure that would make it simpler to carry handguns in the aftermath of octaneous shooting, and his response to an electrical grid failure.

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On Wednesday, South Dakota Governor Kristi L. Noem dismissed a conservative media outlet's claim that she is having an extramarital affair with Corey Lewandowski, formerly advising No.m., an ex Trump adviser who is also assisting him.

'These rumors are total garbage and a disgusting lie,'' Noem remarked in hordes of tweets on Wednesday afternoon. These old, tired attacks on conservative women are based on obliviousness that we can't achieve anything without dna evidence.' Bryon is my favorite character. I'm proud of the God-fearing family we've raised together. I'm getting back to work now that I am back.

A conservative website, American Greatness, published a piece on Tuesday stating that Noem has been having an affair with Lewandowski, according to multiple sources, which has continued for months. The website did not identify any of the sources.

Trump's first presidential campaign manager was Lewandowski. He was fired by the campaign in 2016 but remains a member of the former president's inner circle and runs the pro-Trump Make America Great Again Action super PAC.

Noem, who is considered a potential GOP vice-presidential contender in 2024, has recently been under scrutiny for organising tuesday for her daughter and the state employee who was responsible for the agency's decision to dismiss the daughter' requiet to become able real estate appraiser. Some state lawmakers were accused of abuse of power at the meeting, and South Dakota's attorney general, Jason Ravnsborg, is examining the matter.

It's unclear what steps Ravnsborg intends to take, and his office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

Noem reportedly organized a meeting in her office on July 27, 2020 to discuss appraiser certification procedures, which included her daughter Kassidy Nom-Peters and Sherry Bren, the head of the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulations appraiser certification program, Brenos supervisor, and the stateS Labor Secretary Marcia Hultman.

While Noem's daughter obtained her certification months later, in November 2020, Bren claims she was subsequently pushed to retire in a conversation with Hultman. According to Bren, thats a age-discrimination complaint brought against the Department of Labor and Regulation by Breen.

According to a copy of the complaint shared by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Bren settled with the state for $200,000 on March 31, but the department did not admit fault, and she agreed not to dissect it in public.

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SANTA FE Cowboys for Trump's founder Couy Griffin has struggled to recall him from office as a county commissioner in southern New Mexico.

A petition drive, according to spokesman Scott Fredrick of Griffin's Otero County district, gathered 1,229 signatures from registered voters. It was short of what they needed to create a special election, not as much.

New Mexico requires a number of signatures equal to 33 percent of participation in the previous election. As time went out on Wednesday, the recall petition was unanswered, with about 28 percent of participants participating.

There is no next step since we didn't meet the signature threshold," Fredrick stated, conceding defeat Tuesday night.

A successful recall election would have allowed Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to select an interim replacement. Griffin may run for reelection in 2022, but he told the Associated Press last week that if a day is more interested in running for sheriff in his native Catron County or governor of New Mexico, erupted rumors.

Griffin has resumed travel to political speaking meetings in Texas, Montana, and Arizona, while burning his image in a new video documentary as he is portrayed as God-fearing peaceful patriot who stands in solidarity with around 70 defendants jailed on charges related to the Jan. 6 siege on the US Capitol.

Griffin was accused of failing to attend commission meetings, using his elected position for personal benefit in promoting a support group for former president Donald Trump, improper travel vouchers, and violating state restrictions on gifts to public officials, according to the failed recall petition.

Griffin described the charges as "failful," blaming county employees for providing poor advice on travel reimbursements.

Griffin founded Cowboys for Trump in 2019 with a group of rodeo buddies, vowing to organize horseback riding parades in the United States in support of Trump. In the insurgency on the Capitol on Jan. 6, he appeared on an outdoor terrace and attempted to slay the crowd in prayer.

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