The dam is breaking as Rep. Will Hurd, the sole black Republican in the House, announced on Twitter that he will not seek reelection. The number of Republicans not seeking reelection continues to grow.
Hurd tweeted: “I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security.”
I have made the decision to not seek reelection for the 23rd Congressional District of Texas in order to pursue opportunities outside the halls of Congress to solve problems at the nexus between technology and national security. https://t.co/GeZ4Hh264f
— Rep. Will Hurd (@HurdOnTheHill) August 2, 2019
Reaction on Twitter:
Will Hurd bailing on his seat is not a good sign for the Republican Party. It's becoming a place where fewer and fewer people want to be, particularly people of color. His exit means Republicans will have exactly ONE black elected official in the entire congress: Sen. Tim Scott.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) August 2, 2019
A good column topic would be whether Trump’s overt racism is costing him politically and, for example, driving people like Will Hurd and Pete Olsen to quit rather than try to deal with this shit.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) August 2, 2019
Breaking: Texas GOP lawmaker Will Hurd is retiring
That is six in two weeks.
The GOP is truly the white man's party now.
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) August 2, 2019
House Republican retirements in the last few weeks
Will Hurd (TX)
Mike Conaway (TX)
Pete Olson (TX)
Martha Roby (AL)
Paul Mitchell (MI)
Susan Brooks (IN)
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) August 2, 2019
Hearing that many top Rs had no idea Hurd was leaving. Total bombshell.
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) August 2, 2019