Texas: Edwards Fires Salvo at New Nominee Flores

Posted April 14, 2010 at 6:51pm

Rep. Chet Edwards (D) came out swinging the day after Bill Flores won the Republican runoff.

His campaign released a YouTube video in which the Congressman says Flores “has been recruited by Washington, D.C., insiders to buy our district’s Congressional seat with millions of dollars he has made as a Houston oil executive, even though he has never once voted in a general election in our district — not even once.”

Edwards contrasts that with his work on behalf of military veterans and their families as well as his efforts to promote economic development in the 17th district, which includes Waco and Texas A&M University in College Station.

In response, Flores’ campaign manager, Matt Mackowiak, said, “Career politician Chet Edwards didn’t even wait 12 hours to begin desperately attacking, cynically suggesting that a person’s vote can be bought. The fact is that Texans are tired of Chet supporting Nancy Pelosi 97 percent of the time.”

Flores easily won Tuesday’s runoff against 2008 nominee Rob Curnock.

In the other Congressional runoff, businessman Francisco “Quico” Canseco defeated ex-CIA official Will Hurd for the GOP nomination in the 23rd district, where Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D) is seeking re-election.