Rep. Colin Allred: A deeper look at the man hoping to unseat Ted Cruz

'We don't have to be embarrassed by our senator'

Colin Allred.
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If Democratic Rep. Colin Allred has anything to say about it, fellow Texan Sen. Ted Cruz's (R) days in U.S. Congress are numbered. On May 3, the former officially launched his campaign to unseat the well-known senator, who has so far managed to survive every political challenge levied against him. "We don't have to be embarrassed by our senator. We can get a new one," Allred, also a former NFL linebacker, remarked in a video announcing his candidacy. When "Texans were freezing in the dark," he said, Cruz "jetted off to Cancun. He'll do anything to get on Fox News, but can't be bothered trying to help keep rural Texas hospitals open." He "spends months trying to whip up phony culture wars, but not a minute trying to raise wages or lower drug prices. The struggles of regular Texas just don't interest him."

"Well, they matter to me," Allred continued, "because those struggles are the story of my life."

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Brigid Kennedy

Brigid Kennedy worked at The Week from 2021 to 2023 as a staff writer, junior editor and then story editor, with an interest in U.S. politics, the economy and the music industry.