The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats, announced Monday they would kick off a seven-figure organizing effort in battleground congressional districts around the country, including in Texas.
The money slated for Texas will go to five initial organizers who will focus on registering voters and doing outreach in communities of color around the state, including in the Rio Grande Valley, Dallas, and Houston areas.
This is the earliest-ever organizing investment in its scale and scope, according to the DCCC.
“This initial investment will help the DCCC connect with more voters in critical districts and allow us to better engage with communities of color,” said DCCC Chairman Sean Patrick Maloney.
“With legislative wins that put more shots in arms, cash in pockets, and kids safely in schools, Democrats are working sooner than ever before with organizers already based in their communities to continue delivering real relief for the American people,” he said.
The early organizing effort comes after a tough election cycle for Democrats in 2020. No Democratic candidate, including the 10 that were backed by the DCCC, managed to flip Republican-held congressional seats.
Some Democrats said the absence of door-knocking and lack of focus on organizing, both from the Biden campaign and DCCC, were among the reasons Democrats came up short.
DCCC spokesperson Monica Robinson told the Signal the upcoming election cycle will come with the return of door-knocking in Texas.
“Not a single Republican can take credit for the economic comeback that is creating jobs and boosting business across Texas right now, and we plan to hit the doors and the airwaves to deliver that message to voters,” Robinson said.
“Last election, Democrats put public health over politics and hit pause on face-to-face organizing to keep our volunteers, staff, and voters safe during the pandemic,” Robinson said. “Now we’re on course to resume in-person organizing to reach communities across Texas and mobilize our voters.”
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Fernando covers Texas politics and government at the Texas Signal. Before joining the Signal, Fernando spent two years at the Houston Chronicle and previously interned at Houston’s NPR station News 88.7. He is a graduate of the University of Houston, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, and enjoys reading, highlighting things, and arguing on social media. You can follow him on Twitter at @fernramirez93 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org