Skip to comments.Republican Linda Vega Will Run for Cornyn's Senate Seat
Posted on 10/23/2013 1:43:40 PM PDT by cotton1706
Republican attorney and activist Linda Vega will run in the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate seat held by John Cornyn.
During a Tuesday announcement five months ahead of the March primaries, Vega said she will push for limited government and the fight against excessive government spending.
Washington, D.C., needs a red-state model on education and economic growth, that of low taxes and pro-business, she said.
And she said there are "politicians from our own state who feel so entitled to their political position that one week they tell you they are for something, but the following week they are against the same thing they previously supported."
Cornyn campaign manager Brendan Steinhauser said that "as the second most conservative senator in America, Sen. Cornyn looks forward to discussing his record and welcomes Ms. Vega into the race.
The senior senator's campaign doesn't appear financially vulnerable as of Sept. 30, he had nearly $7 million in cash on hand, according to Roll Call. But Cornyn could face additional opposition in the 2014 GOP primary, as Tea Party operatives looking to swing the seat further to the right seek candidates to run against him.
Originally from Weslaco in South Texas, Vega is a Houston attorney and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Labor. Her practice is focused on immigration and labor law, according to a biography on her campaign website.
Vega is also a founding member of Latinos Ready to Vote, a conservative political advocacy group that promotes voter registration and participation among Latinos.
Vega describes herself as supportive of immigration reform but warns against a system that penalizes businesses.
"In Texas, we believe that the power comes from the individual, from hard work and the private sector," Vega said. "Small businesses are often the first start to the road of prosperity for many immigrants who come here in search of the American dream."
In her announcement, Vega said she admires Gov. Rick Perry. She has also previously lent her support to Attorney General Greg Abbott in his bid for governor, calling his outreach to the Latino community positive conservatism.
I’m not sure. Like you say, leave it to Texan Freeps, BUT she is the name I have been reading over and over again when people talk about potential trouble for Cornyn. Presumably, she has a high name ID in the state,
Supposedly, she’s a conservative activist.
I dunno. I’m always hoping for a non-atty because the candidate has three strikes against him just from the start. Then I heard Cruz was from Harvard and figured “he’ll be bought within a week, how could Palin want him?” And he’s been a gift. Shaking Cornyn up looks mighty nice.
If she’s truly conservative, Cornyn will be in trouble with a hispanic woman running against him. A Palin endorsment would literally kill his senate career and remove him from power.
During the temporary lapse in funding, I swear I saw John Cornyn’s picture on a milk carton.
“Anything to push Cornyn into a run-off.”
Right, exactly. And Wyatt and Stovall are also in the race. If we can keep Cornyn under 50%, we can remove him from power. The worry is, who comes in 2nd??
Wendy Davis screwed up...she should have taken on Cornyn instead of running for Governor.
She’s an immigration lawyer. That probably means she’s pro-amnesty, with all the trimmings.
“The Vega Law Firm practices exclusively in the area of Immigration Law”
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If it looks and smells bad, it must be bad.
This candidate smells.
We do not need more lawyers to represent us Texans in DC.
Already 225 of them are lawyers......
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Ted Cruz (R-TX)
Mike Enzi (R-WY)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Dean Heller (R-NV)
Mike Lee (R-UT)
Rand Paul (R-KY)
James Risch (R-ID)
Pat Roberts (R-KS)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Jeff Sessions (R-AL)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Pat Toomey (R-PA)
David Vitter (R-LA)
Anyone will be an improvement over that sell out Cornyn.
She’s a little vague on immigration reform.
And Mike Lee was an attorney, right?
There’s no way she’s winning that race. Texas will reject abortion barbie by double digits.
Anyone will be an improvement over that sell out Cornyn.”
I sure ever won’t vote for Cornyn again but Vega as a viable option? I don’t have a problem with her being an attorney, her being an immigration activist is particularly troubling. At this juncture I don’t see that she would offer any good reason to vote for her, considering what she has been doing for a living - and probably quite profitably. Need to find out more about Stovall.
ABSOLUTELY..pass this one up..a true separatist.She is all part of the Hispanic Outreach demographic-club-wielding crowd. She was running for state senate, I believe but I guess her ego got ahead of her here...
In any case, there’s blood in the water in Texas. And politicians love an opportunity!
This makes at least 3 that have indicated they are going to put their
name in the primary in opposition to Cornyn. By Dec. 9, 2013 we’ll know
who actually does enter the primary.
What eventually happened to the Rockport (or perhaps it is Freeport) man who filed to primary Cornyn months ago? Is he no longer in the picture? Either a replacement is found for John, or that seat will fail to get any vote from this direction. Just being a pubbie is no longer is a vote guaranteed. In the past a straight ticket...in the future, no longer the case.
Three contenders......... cornyn wins
Texans needs a conservative
Secondary to winnow out to one candidate for the primary
I don’t like the sound of that.
Another candidate, Roland Cesares, wants to replace Cornyn too... I really don’t like the “Immigration” part of his issues page. Just rubs me wrong.
It takes money and statewide recognition an I’m not sure that is present in the mentioned opponents.
Dwayne Stovall, a former contractor...uhhhh not so sure about him.
They are trying to convince Louie Gohmert to make a go for the Senate...our best hope.
>> During the temporary lapse in funding, I swear I saw John Cornyns picture on a milk carton.
HA! Yeah, a leader he ain’t.
“Immigration reform” covers a lot of territory from “enforce existing law” to “amnesty for all”. I don’t live in Texas but I would like a definition of her view on “immigration reform”
If she is pro amnesty then how is she any different?
THANKS VEGA IN HELPING ME TO ALERT VOTERS AS TO ABBOTT’S HISPANIC OUTREACH FOCUS...I’M SURE HERE ON FREE REPUBLIC TRUE CONSERVATIVES KNOW HOW TO TRANSLATE THIS......
Did a little digging on the web and not able to come up with a whole lot on Vega but what is there is troubling. She worked in DC in the Department of Labor and apparently a lot of her time was spent “resolving” issues on behalf of businesses who were accused of immigration violations. At some point in time she apparently was licensed to practice law in New Mexico but unable to confirm this other than one brief mention.
She says immigration reform is the centerpiece of her campaign. IMO we don’t need reform, we need enforcement of the laws on the books.
I just have very uneasy feelings about her.
Yes. And Paul Ryan is NOT an atty. There’s limited predictive ability.
“I just have very uneasy feelings about her.”
You’re right the only “immigration reform” we need is to enforce existing law, I would like to see Congressman Gohmert in the Senate.
Sarah’s endorsement would be profound. I’ll also wait and see what Ted Cruz has to say about Linda Vega.
Senator John Cornyn's Top Ten Bad Votes
Top 10 Bad Votes by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX)
1. Cornyn Voted to Let Harry Reid Fund ObamaCare
(2013, RCV 206) Senator John Cornyn of Texas voted to end debate and allow Senate Democrats to re-insert funding for ObamaCare into the Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government. Although Cornyn did vote against the final bill, he and all Republicans knew that voting for cloture to end debate would allow Senator Harry Reid to fund ObamaCare by a party-line vote, and thus a vote for cloture was a de facto vote to fund ObamaCare.
2. Cornyn Voted for the Wall Street Bailout (T.A.R.P.)
(2008, RCV 213) Senator Cornyn voted for the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street. Taxpayers should have never been forced to pay for the mistakes of the big banks. He continues to make excuses for why he voted for the massive bank bailout. Cornyn has defended his vote, saying in 2010 that, I'm responsible and proud of the vote I cast at the time because I thought it was a public necessity.
3. Cornyn Voted for Medicare Part D
Senator Cornyn voted to pass Medicare Part D, a massive entitlement expansion that conservatives rightly predicted would tremendously expand the deficit and add trillions of dollars in unfunded liabilities to the federal rolls. (2003, RCV 457)
4. Cornyn Voted to Increase the Federal Minimum Wage
(2007, RCV 42) Senator Cornyn voted for the Fair Minimum Wage Act that increased the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour in 2007. Raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it reduces employment especially among low-skilled workers. The cost of raising the minimum wage is passed onto consumers in the form of higher prices for goods and services.
5. Cornyn Voted for the Fiscal Cliff Tax Hike
(2012, RCV 251) The fiscal cliff was a fake crisis created by Congress and the president. Senator Cornyn voted for the infamous New Years Day 2013 fiscal cliff deal that raised taxes on 77 percent of U.S. households and contained no real spending cuts.
6. Cornyn Voted against Fiscally Conservative Budgets
Senator Cornyn voted against three of the best, most fiscally conservative budgets ever proposed in the United States Senate. He voted against Senator Mike Lee of Utahs FY 2013 budget proposal to balance the budget in five years and save $7 trillion over ten years. (2012, RCV 101) He also voted against Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky's FY 2012 and FY 2013 budget proposals to balance the budget in five years and save more than $8 trillion over ten years. (2011, RCV 80; 2012, RCV 100) Instead, he favored budget plans that either fail to balance the budget or fail to specify clearly how balance would be achieved.
7. Cornyn Supported Intrusive Internet Regulations (PIPA)
Although he later withdrew his support (under withering fire from internet freedom advocates across the political spectrum), Senator Cornyn voted for the Protect Intellectual Privacy Act (PIPA) in committee. His vote helped move PIPA to the Senate floor, where it met a well-deserved defeat. Under PIPA, the government would have the power to shut down millions of websites. This is economically destructive and a gross violation of our constitutional right to free speech.
8. Cornyn Voted to Allow Warrantless Data Collection on American Citizens
In 2007, Senator Cornyn voted for the FISA Amendments Act, which granted immunity to U.S. telecommunication companies for giving information about their customers to the government without a warrant. This is one of the key provisions that allowed the NSA to conduct its now-publicized warrantless blanket surveillance of American citizens.
9. Cornyn Has Voted to Raise the Debt Ceiling Eight Times
Since entering office in 2002, Senator Cornyn has voted to raise the debt ceiling eight times (including the debt ceiling increase contained in number 1, above). Raising the debt limit only encourages reckless spending in Washington. Congress needs to cut spending and balance the budgetnot continue to increase our national debt without any spending reforms or reductions.
10. Cornyn Voted to Reauthorize the Patriot Act
(2006, RCV 25) Although he was not present in Congress when the original USA-PATRIOT Act was passed, Senator Cornyn has been an enthusiastic supporter of the controversial law, voting to permanently reauthorize most of its provisions in 2006. Despite its attractive-sounding title, the so-called Patriot Act violates our Fourth Amendment right to privacy, authorizing unprecedented surveillance powers that permit the federal government to spy on U.S. citizens without a warrant.
This is gold, thanks. Not enthused about Vega, but I love that he’s drawing challengers.
A rightwing attorney who primaried an open borders candidate along with Chaffetz at the time.