In yet another sign of the times, Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate Matthew Dowd ended his campaign for the Lone Star State’s second highest office on Wednesday. The reason? He now feels that the Democratic primary field of candidates has the proper amount of diversity.
Citing that abundance of diversity coming from Texas Democrats, in a statement issued on social media, Dowd stated that, “I do not want to be the one who stands in the way of the greater diversity we need in politics.”
Important news. I am ending my campaign for Lt. Governor of Texas. Now that the race is emerging in a more diverse way, I have made the decision from a place of integrity to step back. see attached release. pic.twitter.com/SOl8ZJJFnz
— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 7, 2021
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Who Is Matthew Dowd?
Matthew Dowd’s resume reads like he could be a squishy RINO Republican. In fact, he was.
He was the chief political strategist for former President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, and worked as an operative on former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign.
He became an analyst for ABC News in 2007, but his most recent claim to fame was being an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump.
How critical? In July of 2019, Dowd appeared on “ABC News This Week” with a panel discussing a tweet put out by Trump after the death of Rep. Elijah Cummings, and discussing the state of Cummings’ district.
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Dowd said that Trump “knew there is an element in the country that racial divisiveness and racial language has been successful with.” He also compared Trump to segregationists Alabama Gov. George Wallace and South Carolina Gov. Strom Thurmond.
Matthew Dowd — who erased hundreds of tweets including some deemed sexist and others downright idiotic upon entering the Texas Lt. Governor’s race less than 70 days ago — has dropped out. Who woulda thunk it? https://t.co/1VDYkAv9wZ
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) December 8, 2021
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Democrat Obsession With Race
It may have been inevitable that Dowd would run as a Democrat. He seems to have a Democrat-like obsession with race, and it goes back even farther than the 2019 ABC “This Week” panel.
In 2018, Dowd wrote an Op-ed for ABC News where he stated that “white male Christians” should get out of the way for a more diverse group of candidates. He wrote:
“Instead of waiting for the diverse population of America to keep pushing and prodding, I would humbly suggest that we as white male Christians take it upon ourselves to step back and give more people who don’t look like us access to the levers of power.”
Dowd described “leadership” being not when a candidate, regardless of what they look like wins an election on their own merits and hard work, but has it somehow made easier for them based on the actions of another. Ironically what Dowd’s old boss George Bush once referred to as, “the soft bigotry of low expectations.”
“We as white male Christians should do what real leadership demands and practice a level of humility which demonstrates strength by stepping back from the center of the room and begin to give up our seats at the table.”
Matthew Dowd thinks women and black people are inferior. https://t.co/w8yaLl411k
— Kenny Webster (@KennethRWebster) December 10, 2021
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Also back in July, Dowd appeared on MSNBC with Joy Reid, and declared that the violence and ensuing riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 was worse than 9/11.
He stated to Reid:
“To me, although there was less loss of life on January 6, January 6 was worse than 9/11 because it’s continued to rip our country apart and give permission for people to pursue autocratic means. So I think we’re in a much worse place than we have been. I think we’re in the most perilous point in time since 1861 in the advent of the Civil War.”
But for the race-obsessed, have no fear. Dowd says that he is not leaving politics entirely. He says he will continue to support candidates who, “who step forward to serve the public with integrity.”
The eternally annoying #MatthewDowd ends his absurd #Texas #LtGov campaign, tries to play white savior for allowing a “diverse” winner, then gets called out for his BS by #Dallas Mayor @Johnson4Dallas. It’s early Christmas: https://t.co/v2SJPWchZ8
— Mark Davis (@MarkDavis) December 10, 2021
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