Republican Dan Rodimer announced his run for Texas’ sixth congressional district an hour before the April 3rd deadline. He is now one of 23 candidates vying to replace the late Ron Wright who died earlier this year, triggering a special election on May 1.
After losing the Nevada congressional race in November to Democrat Susie Lee, former WWE wrestler “Big Dan” cites hopes of keeping the American dream alive for his children as motivating his move to Texas.
“I’m running for Texas’s 6th Congressional district to stop Biden’s border crisis, to stand up to Biden’s massive tax hikes on small businesses and the middle class, and to get people back to work at higher-paying jobs after the pandemic,” Rodimer told Texas Politics. “I’m running for my family of seven and to protect all of our families, our Faith, and our freedom.”
In response to questions surrounding immigration and border policies, Rodimer placed total responsibility on President Biden for his reversal of Trump’s policies. “The cartels are making a lot of money off of human trafficking at the border and the Biden administration is playing right into it,” he asserted. “That will stop when I’m in Congress.”
Rodimer went on to promote his Angel Act proposal that would enact the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)—commonly known as the Remain in Mexico policy—into law. Announced by the DHS in early 2019, the MPP allowed US border officers to return non-Mexican asylum seekers to dangerous locations in Mexico as their claims are adjudicated in US immigration courts, nearly all without the benefit of legal assistance.
Describing immigration as “very bad for national security,” Rodimer concluded: “I am pro legal immigration, but we need a change in policy that puts Americans first.”
13 Republicans and 10 Democrats are running in the special general election for the U.S. House Texas District 6 on May 1, 2021. Prominent Republican contenders for the seat include Wright’s widow and longtime GOP activist Susan Wright, Rep. Jake Ellzey, and former DHS chief of staff Brian Harrison, former Asst. Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) under President Donald Trump Sery Kim, 2018 Democratic nominee for the seat Jana Sanchez, former Assistant Direct of Field Operations Patrick Moses and former state house candidate Lydia Bean are among Democrat hopefuls.