Former senator, Republican party members react to Rep. Thornberry’s decision to not seek re-election


TOWNSEND.25- YEARS AFTER THE REPUBLICAN REVOLUTION…. WHEN MAC THORNBERRY WAS ELECTED TO CONGRESS ALONG WITH MORE THAN 50- OTHERS ON THE RIGHT…. THE 13TH DISTRICT REPRESENTATIVE SAYS IT’S TIME TO STEP DOWN.(–DARRELL–) TODAY…. WE LEARNED HIS CURRENT CONGRESSIONAL TERM WILL BE HIS LAST. NICHOLAS QUALLICHJOINS US FROM INSIDE THE CONGRESSMAN’S WICHITA FALLS OFFICE WITH MORE. (–NICK–)THOUGH HE DIDN’T MENTION A SPECIFIC REASON.. THE CONGRESSMAN SAYS QUOTE IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE.AND THOUGH CHANGE IS DIFFICULT… SOME OF HIS REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES ARE GRATEFUL FOR ALL HE’S DONE FOR THE PARTY, STATE AND COUNTRY.((–NICHOLAS QUALLICH, REPORTING–))AFTER ANNOUNCING HE WAS RUNNING ON VETERAN’S DAY IN 1993.. AND THEN DEFEATING DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN BILL (SARPALIUS… MAC THORNBERRY WAS SWORN INTO OFFICE AS 13TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN ON JANUARY 3RD 1995 AND HAS BEEN IN OFFICE SINCE.A FRIEND AND FORMER TEXAS STATE SENATOR SAYS THAT LONGEVITY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.(–CRAIG ESTES, FORMER TEXAS STATE SENATOR–)THE BEST WAY I CAN DESCRIBE MY FRIEND, MAC THORNBERRY, IS HE’S BEEN A REAL STEADY HAND AT THE HELM. HE NEVER GETS FLUSTERED.HE’S ALWAYS THERE AS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE TO DO THE RIGHT THING.AMONG HIS MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS, DURING HIS TIME IN OFFICE, THE CONGRESSMAN SERVED ON THE HOUSE PERMANENT SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE.MORE RECENTLY.. HE SERVED AS CHAIR AND IS NOW RANKING MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON ARMED SERVICES.(–CRAIG ESTES, FORMER TEXAS STATE SENATOR–) BEING A CHAIRMAN OF ARMED SERVICES, THE FIRST TEXAN EVER AS CHAIR OF THE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE, HAS BEEN A HUGE PLUS FOR NORTH TEXAS.NOT ONLY HAS HE HAD MAJOR INFLUENCE IN MILITARY LEGISLATION.. HE PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN THE AGRICULTURE SECTOR.. MOST RECENTLY HELPING GET THE AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION ACT OF 2018 PASSED, HELPING PROVIDE FUNDING TO CROP INSURANCE, NUTRITION ASSISTANCE AND MORE.(–JAMES DICKEY, REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS CHAIR–)I THINK IT’S A FITTING CAPSTONE FOR HIM TO HAVE GOTTEN IT PASSED.AND THEN DECIDED THAT HAVING COMPLETED THE BIG EFFORT THAT HE WANTED TO BE SURE HE GOT DONE FOR HIS DISTRICT THAT WAS TIME FOR HIM TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT PHASE. THE CONGRESSMAN IS NOW ONE OF SIX TEXAS HOUSE REPUBLICANS NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION.BUT THE TEXAS REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR SAYS THOSE SIX INDIVIDUAL DECISIONS ARE JUST THAT: INDIVIDUAL.(–JAMES DICKEY, REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS CHAIR–) THE IDEA OF LUMPING THEM ALL TOGETHER AND CALLING IT ONE SINGLE THING IS FRANKLY JUST LAZINESS BY FOLKS OUTSIDE TEXAS NOT WILLING TO PUT IN THE EFFORT TO TAKE LOOK AT EACH OF THE INDIVIDUAL CASES. WHILE SHE CAN’T FAULT HIM FOR WANTING TO STEP ASIDE.. THE WICHITA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR SAYS IT’LL BE HARD TO LOSE A REPRESENTATIVE SHE AND MANY OTHERS TRUST IN. (–ANNETTE BARFIELD, WICHITA COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIR–)I THINK HE’S DEVELOPED THAT TRUST OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS THAT HE’S BEEN OR WILL HAVE BEEN IN THAT POSITION.A POSITION HE’LL CONTINUE TO SERVE IN UNTIL JANUARY 20-21.(–NICK–)CONGRESSMAN THORNBERRY WAS UNAVAILABLE FOR AN INTERVIEW WITH US TODAY. BUT, WE HAVE LEARNED, HE’LL BE APPEARING AT THE WOMEN’S FORUM THIS WEDNESDAY AT 1:30.. WHERE WE EXPECT HIM TO ELABORATE ON HIS DECISION.(–MELANIE–) NICK, THANK YOU! 3 MELANIE//AMARILLO CITY COUNCILWOMAN ELAINE HAYS ANNOUNCED THAT SHE IS FORMING AN EXPLORATORY COMMITTEE TO RUN FOR CONGRESS IN TEXAS’S




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