Austin, TX — “Republican senators up for reelection in 2020 face a major loyalty test to President Trump when they must decide later this week whether to embrace or reject the president’s signature issue on the Senate floor.” [Washington Post, March 12, 2019]
“But Trump has boxed several of his Hill allies into a lose-lose situation that could spark a primary opponent and/or a bruising campaign either way, even in solidly red areas.”
“Take Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), who may face a big name Democrat in his 2020 reelect like Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.), who is still mulling a bid. Cornyn plans to support Trump in this battle, but building the wall in his Texas could attract all kinds of controversy, including eminent domain battles against the government to retain control over private property.”
“The Trump administration has thus far ‘sent letters requesting the right to survey nearly 600 private properties set to fall in the fence’s path — step one in the eminent domain process that allows the government to seize private land,’ according to the Texas Tribune.”
Texas Democratic Party Spokesperson Brittany Switzer issued the following statement:
“Tomorrow’s vote to block Trump’s national emergency declaration is a loyalty test. Plain and simple. Senator Cornyn can choose Texans or he can swear allegiance to Donald Trump.
“Texans are loud and clear: We will not let Donald Trump’s gross abuse of power go unchecked. We will not let Donald Trump rip up the Constitution. We will stop one of the largest land grabs in Texas history. We will not let Trump and Cornyn build the wall.
“Tomorrow’s vote is the most consequential vote in our nation’s history. We’re proud of Congressman Joaquin Castro leading our nation to pass this bipartisan resolution.
“The 2020 elections are just around the corner and Texas is the biggest battleground state.”