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Texas Democrat criticized over tweet praising her own bravery for fleeing to DC

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Another day, another Texas state representative was accused of trying to use self-sacrifice for political gain.

State Representative Michelle Beckley, a Democrat, joined more than 50 of her colleagues earlier this month to flee Texas to reject a quorum on GOP ballots. She took to Twitter Tuesday night to ask for support as she tries to remove a Texas Republican from the US House of Representatives.

“I am one of the brave Texas Democrats who came to DC to fight for the right to vote in my state. Now I am fighting to turn over a seat from an anti-democratic Republican. I have 28,500. Can you help us reach 50,000 followers ?” she tweeted.

She followed up the tweet with a link on how best to contribute to her campaign.

Beckley’s office did not immediately respond to an after-hours email from Fox News, but the tweet was criticized for the bravery reference.

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Jason Rantz, the radio host, tweeted, “YOU CALLED. YOURSELF. BRAVE.” Another commenter tweeted, “If you have to tell people what you did was ‘brave’ it’s a good bet it wasn’t brave at all.”

Her tweet seemed to have some effectiveness. By early Wednesday, her account had apparently increased from 28,500 to 33,700 followers. She also received tweets in support of her efforts.

The Texas issue is clearly divided between parties. Their supporters have compared them to suffragettes and civil rights leaders, while their opponents have accused them of presenting a fair bill that they say makes “easier to vote and harder to cheat.”

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But despite where you stand on the bills, many see that their message is sometimes overshadowed by avoidable mistakes. A Democrat was criticized for posting a photo of her dirty laundry in a hotel room, sparking charges of “false” sacrifice. (The lawmaker later apologized for distracting from the real problem.) There was also a photo showing a group traveling with a case of Miller Lite beer, raising questions about their seriousness. An outbreak of COVID-19 has also emerged as a problem, even prompting Vice President Harris to get tested at Walter Reed.

Texas House Democrats left the state in an effort to break the quorum and stop voting on two election bills introduced by Republicans. Lawmakers jumped on a private flight to Washington, where they planned to push for federal voter protection.

Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott told Fox News on Tuesday that he plans to convene another special session of the Texas state legislature once the absent legislators return from their trip.

Abbott told “America Reports” that Texans acknowledge the dozens of fleeing members of the State House are withdrawing their taxpayer-funded work in their name and that the trip has been a “disaster.”

“Their voters are very upset that their house member is not in the… [Capitol], to do the work they were chosen to do,” he said.

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Beckley will challenge U.S. Representative Beth Van Duyne, a Republican in the state’s 24th congressional district. The Texas Tribune reported that Van Duyne is one of two Republicans in the Lone Star state to be targeted for 2022.

Andrea Corker, a campaign spokeswoman for Van Duyne, told Fox News in an email: “Beth remains focused on helping North Texans get new jobs and provide for their families, while Democrats figure out who the biggest extremist is. in their primary campaign.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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