I recently spoke to Paul Steinhauser of Fox News (no relation, but a great guy) about the campaign for Governor of Texas in 2022. Many political observers are watching the race closely, inside and outside of Texas. Below are some of my comments in the article.
Veteran Austin-based Republican strategist Brendan Steinhauser told Fox News that "I think the only downside of not going to CPAC is that it gives Allen West and Don Huffines the ability to launch attacks on Gov. Abbot that go unanswered."
But Steinhauser, a veteran of the Tea Party movement who later steered campaigns for two top Lone Star State Republicans - Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Rep. Dan Crenshaw – said that "all of the data so far points to the idea that Abbott’s not in serious trouble right now."
Pointing to the governor’s approval ratings among Texas Republicans, his support from Trump, and his massive campaign war chest, he said that Abbott’s "currently on pretty solid ground...We’ll see if any of these guys get any traction. I’m not a betting man but I don’t think I would bet today that he’s going to lose."
I recently appeared on The Texas Standard, a statewide radio program featured on NPR stations around Texas. I spoke about the upcoming special legislative session in Austin, and the issues that might come up. Click here to listen to the interview.
Brendan Steinhauser is a national political strategist focused on campaigns, media, and public policy.