The Democratic Party of Texas announced its partnership with the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) to train dozens of new candidates ahead of the 2021 municipal elections and 2022 midterm elections in response to recent “failed Republican leadership.”
Over recent weeks, the state has struggled to recover from the devastating storm which left millions of Texans without power for multiple days as the state’s electric grid was quickly overwhelmed by the extreme weather last month. The state’s Republican leadership has since faced intense backlash for their handling of the crisis. Gov. Greg Abbott (TX-R) presented a false narrative that renewable power was to blame, while Rep. Ted Cruz (TX-R) drew national ire after he left the state for a family vacation while millions remained without power.
The Texas Democrats indicated earlier today in a statement that it was partnering with the National Democratic Training Committee (NDTC) and had signed up more than 60 candidates to run for statewide or municipal offices.
“In the wake of the deadliest winter storm in decades due solely to failed Republican leadership in the state of Texas, The Texas Democratic Party and National Democratic Training Committee know that winning elections has never been more crucial than it is right now,” Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “That’s why we created an innovative candidate training program to ensure that our candidates have the skills and resources necessary to win up and down the ballot in November.”
Training sessions run by the organization have been previously attended by a number of winning Texas candidates, including Austin City Councilwoman Vanessa Fuentes and Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra.
“Texans have had enough of failed Republican leadership and demand change,” tweeted the National Democratic Training Committee. “That’s why we’re partnering up with Texas Democrats to offer training sessions to help prepare their candidates for the process and help them win!”