Just last month, the leader of the progressive “Squad” in Congress, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC), traveled down to San Antonio to rally her party’s left flank before the March 1st Primaries. She made headlines when she declared, “Texas turning blue is inevitable.” Not long after, liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren ventured to San Antonio with similar aspirations making one thing abundantly clear – San Antonio is the epicenter in the battle for the political soul of Texas.
Make no mistake – it is a battle and Republicans are pushing back. In fact, the Republican Party appears to be winning. The Republican Party of Bexar County has produced one win after another this election cycle and is pulling no punches as it looks ahead to the elections this November. We spoke with John Austin, who has chaired the Republican Party of Bexar County since the summer of 2020, about their efforts and why there is reason for conservatives to be optimistic.
“We’ve overhauled the entire party. Now, we’re better organized, better funded, we have better data, and we have a better message,” said Austin.
“The results speak for themselves,” Austin went on to explain. In 2021, Republicans in Bexar County flipped a majority Hispanic state house seat that had never been won by the GOP. Bexar GOP also implemented new community outreach programs and worked with the RNC as the national party opened a local Hispanic Engagement Center. This year, the Bexar GOP fielded more primary candidates than the Democrats while also outperforming 2020’s primary turnout bucking the trend in which midterm election years typically see lower voter participation.
“We’re just getting started. The best is yet to come,” Austin proclaimed. “The Democrats want south Texas to be a safe haven for their radical agenda – open borders, socialism, vaccine mandates, mask requirements on kids, and anti-American woke-ism. Enough is enough. This is our home and we are taking it back one vote at a time.”
Asked to respond to AOC’s assertion that Texas turning blue is “inevitable”, John Austin, without hesitation, retorted “Don’t mess with Texas”.