POSTED: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 10:07am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 2:12pm
Longview, TX — Former Harrison County Judge Richard Anderson is in discussions with supporters about trying to return Northeast Texas to Democratic representation in Congress.
It would be a long shot for a Democrat to unseat incumbent Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, in a congressional district that leans heavily Republican.
“Certainly, no decision has been made,” Anderson said of a Democratic run at Gohmert’s congressional seat. “Several individuals have inquired as to whether I would consider seeking the congressional seat now held by him. I have no present plans to make such a race.”
He wouldn’t rule it out, either, and the state Democratic Party appears to be holding a place for him.
“I am confident that we will have a candidate,” said David Henderson, the state Democratic Executive Committee member for this area. “I’m hoping that Richard Anderson will do it. There are several volunteers. We are just waiting to see what kind of decision Richard Anderson makes. ... And I think Louie Gohmert is vulnerable even in this red district.”
Anderson on Aug. 5 issued a statement critical of Gohmert, using the folksy put-down, “All Hat, No Cattle,” which refers to a person who is more show than substance.
“Despite being in the majority party in the House of Representatives, Gohmert has not filed a single bill in this 112th Congress,” Anderson wrote. “For someone who makes so much noise about other people’s work, I would expect him to pick up a shovel himself every now and then. ... The few times Gohmert has actually done some work in D.C. lately, it’s been to hurt seniors and students.”
Henderson was referring to Gohmert’s support of a GOP debt-ceiling plan that would have at least partially privatized Medicare and reduced Head Start pre-school enrollment growth.
Gohmert did not respond to a request for comment on the criticisms against him.
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