Schumer endorsed Tahir Javed, an outspoken healthcare executive Democratic race for Texas’ 29th district, Javed’s campaign announced Wednesday. In a statement, Schumer said Washington needs leaders like Javed who “think outside the box.”
“His record as a job creator, healthcare executive, and teacher give him the perfect mix of skills and experience to serve the district and Texas,” Schumer said. “He’s been very helpful in electing Democrats across the country, and I am now proud to support him as part of a new generation of leaders we need in Washington.”
Javed, a longtime Democratic fundraiser, has said he will “spend whatever it takes” to win against six other candidates in the Democratic primary. In the fourth quarter of last year, he reported loaning his campaign $400,000 on top of $201,000 raised from others.
Schumer’s public support for Javed is at odds with the local and federal Democratic establishment, who have largely endorsed state. Sen. Sylvia Garcia‘s bid for the seat. Garcia’s supporters include several members of the Texas delegation, the powerhouse fundraising organization EMILY’s List and Green himself, who is retiring after 25 years in office. Garcia’s campaign did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday.
Javed said Tuesday that he is “deeply grateful” for Schumer’s endorsement.
“We need Democrats to take the majority in both the House and the Senate, and I will continue to support his efforts to elect more Democrats,” Javed said in a statement.
Javed turned heads last month when he hosted Schumer for a high profile Democratic fundraiser in Houston that raised money for several Democratic incumbents and candidates, including U.S. Rep Beto O’Rourke of El Paso, who is running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
The historical stakes are high for both Garcia and Javed. Garcia would be the first Hispanic woman to serve in Congress from Texas, and the first Hispanic person to represent the Houston area in Congress. Javed would be the first Asian-American from Texas to serve in Congress.
This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/21/senate-minority-leader-chuck-schumer-endorses-upstart-candidate-housto/.
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