A relative political newcomer has made her way onto the scene in Texas, promising to bring national attention to the 32nd Congressional district Republican primary.
17-year incumbent, Pete Sessions, has recently drawn fire from a number of conservatives and Tea Party leaders who believe Sessions has become out of touch with the desires of the many conservatives he represents.
The Tea Party movement may have found its alternative to Sessions in Katrina Pierson. Amy Kremer, Chairwoman of Tea Party Express, recently spotlighted Pierson in a piece over at Rare.
[I]t is Katrina’s incredible story that should make her so valuable and inspiring to a Republican Party seeking to reach more Americans. Born into poverty, Pierson’s mother was only 15-years-old and her upbringing was certainly less than ideal. When she got into trouble as a young adult after a friend encouraged her to shoplift, she was caught and didn’t have much hope.
But instead of giving in, she saw a fork in the road. She had a choice of taking the easy flat road or climbing the hill, taking a more winding and challenging road.
She could have taken the flat road that led to the cyclical dependency on government, but instead she gave it her all. She wanted to give her child a life better than what she had. She put herself through college and earned a degree in biology. Most recently, she worked as a healthcare administrator at a level I trauma hospital. Soon, she will be sending her son, who is now 17 years old, off to college.
Katrina did what we would all hope to do when faced with adversity. She overcame.
Pierson has already received some high profile endorsements from the Tea Party movement, including Sarah Palin, who called Pierson a “feisty fighter for freedom.”
We don’t know a great deal about Pierson, but her entry into the primary contest — less than two weeks away — could shake up a district that has remained in the same hands for nearly two decades.
The race draws attention to the difficult challenge facing GOP candidates and voters in traditionally “safe” Republican districts. Do you stick with what has worked in the past, or do you give the newcomer a shot knowing it could cast doubt on the outcome of the general election?
Regardless of where you come down, Pierson at least deserves a fair look from the Republican voters. Something that Amy Kremer points out might have been easier had the media dedicated more focus to Pierson’s run.
You would think that a young, conservative, black single mother who made a name for herself by fighting to elect Ted Cruz to the U.S. Senate would be a cause celeb for conservatives.
You would think that the conservative media would want to profile her or give her some kind of coverage, just as BET (Black Entertainment Television) has.
You’d think, but you’d be wrong.
Here’s Pierson on Cavuto talking about why she’s challenging Sessions.
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