Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) on Wednesday supported Democratic state Rep. Jasmine Crockett for her seat, just days after she announced her intention to retire.
Crockett, a first-term state representative, made headlines in July as part of the group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C., in an attempt to block a vote on the state Republicans‘ elections integrity bill, which eventually passed and was signed into law in September.
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“Some may wonder whether or not I’m ready. I’m here to tell you I’m ready,” Crockett said in announcing her candidacy during a news conference in Dallas on Wednesday,
Rep. Johnson, who has served nearly 30 years in Congress, announced Saturday that she’ll retire at the end of her term next year. Her campaign issued a statement after Crockett’s announcement saying Crockett “is just the person we need in Congress at this critical time.”
“A vibrant congressional district like TX-30 needs a representative in Washington with high energy, a passion to fight for us, shrewd intelligence, leadership, and an incessant drive,” Johnson’s campaign said, The Texas Tribune reported.
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Crockett is a progressive civil rights lawyer and is running in what will be a very crowded race, which is likely to take place in a safe district for Democrats.
“I feel so proud to think that she would think that I’m worthy,” she said in response to Johnson’s endorsement. “She’s seen me do my work. “I feel that she truly believes I can do it.”
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Crockett indicated that voting and rights to abortion will be top priorities for her if elected.
“The fact that I’m going back 50 years when it comes to voting rights and reproductive rights is a problem in and of itself,” she said, The Dallas Morning News reported. “We must get back on the track.”