Is the GOP punting CD07?

That’s one possible interpretation of this, though probably not the most likely.

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher

The National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled about $2 million worth of advertising it had reserved for campaigning in the Houston television market, according to several Democratic and Republican sources tracking Houston media advertising who were not authorized to discuss the issue on the record.

The Houston region is home to several contested congressional elections, including the 7th Congressional District, which is represented by U.S. Rep. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a Democrat. Fletcher unseated Republican John Culberson in 2018, and she is one of two Democratic incumbents who Republicans have been targeting in Texas this year.

The $2 million was intended to cover advertising in the last two weeks of the election, according to the sources.

One source, a national Republican operative, said the money has been moved to the San Antonio and Dallas-Fort Worth media markets. The San Antonio market includes parts of Congressional District 23, where Republicans are trying to hold on to a seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes. The Dallas-Fort Worth market includes multiple districts that Democrats are trying to flip, and one district held by U.S. Rep. Colin Allred, D-Dallas, that Republicans are targeting.


There is other national GOP money coming to the region. A Republican leadership aligned group, the Congressional Leadership Fund, is expected to spend about $6.25 million in Houston between media advertising and a field operation. The group’s television ad campaign is set to begin on Sept. 23.

In the absence of any further evidence, it’s probably best to read this as the NRCC making a strategic decision, which was almost certainly affected by the knowledge that the CLF was still spending big bucks in the Houston area. I can imagine them pulling out of CD07 in favor of other districts, but not if that means that CD22 and CD02 and CD10 were also left on their own. I really don’t think there’s all that much to this story, at least based on what we know now, but if there are further pullbacks then we’ve got something. And it should be noted, that canceling an ad buy now doesn’t mean there can’t be a new ad buy made later, though the rates will likely be higher in that instance. We need more data, that’s the main takeaway here.

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6 Responses to Is the GOP punting CD07?

  1. BillK says:

    Who are the CLF?

  2. Ross says:

    CLF is the Congressional Leadership Fund. Google will give the details

  3. Bill Daniels says:

    I saw an attack ad against Lizzie on the news last night. It’s simple and to the point, with the exact same message I have probably posted here……Lizzie ran as a moderate, not beholden to Nancy Pelosi, highlighted that on her ads to get elected, and then……oops, it turns out Lizzie block voted with Pelosi 99% of the time.

    That isn’t in dispute, and really should be the only reason that energy worker rich district should need to boot her out.

  4. Tom in Lazybrook says:

    Trump decimated the energy industry when he let his funders in Saudi Arabia start a price war with his other buddy, Vladimir Putin. Trump got cash from the Saudis and political assists from Putin. And energy workers got pink slips. The Saudis punked the Energy Corridor with Trumps blessing.

  5. Jules says:

    Exxon is getting rid of its 401k match, a pretty standard benefit. Under President Trump.

  6. C.L. says:

    I don’t know, Tom. I’m not so sure the Saudi’s give a shit about what’s going on in Trump’s house. They’re in it (all) for the money.

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