Houston, TX – For over two months, citizens in Portland have exercised their Constitutional right to gather and peacefully protest police brutality. While many of the protestors have lawfully exercised their rights, extremists in their midst have wrested control of the demonstrations and unleashed a wave of chaos and destruction in our cities. These agitators are violently targeting local and federal law enforcement officers, seeking to destroy a federal building, and terrorizing local businesses.
Last week, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher chose to ignore these acts of destruction and violence, and instead condemned the very law enforcement officers in Portland who are putting their lives on the line to defend local businesses, federal property, and law and order. Her letter, co-signed by radical Democrats Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, makes no mention of the violence and property destruction threatening Portland and other cities throughout our country.
Indeed, since the protests first turned violent, Fletcher has yet to make any public comment condemning the rioting, looting and violence bringing destruction and instability to our communities.
Democrats up and down the ticket, including Presidential candidate Joe Biden, are advocating to redirect police funding and reassign the responsibilities of law enforcement. With a voting record that falls in line with Nancy Pelosi 99% of the time, Lizzie Fletcher has proven that when push comes to shove, she’ll stand with her party not her district. When the time comes to vote on effectively defunding the police, Fletcher’s voting record tells us that she will vote with her party, not the 7th District.
“Congresswoman Fletcher’s decision to blame violence and looting on law enforcement officers rather than the few bad actors responsible is wrong, harmful and destructive to the public debate in our Nation,” said Hunt. “Two things can be true at once. We can support and defend our First Amendment right to peacefully assemble without turning a blind eye to the bad actors wreaking havoc in our cities. In difficult times leaders show their true colors, and it is disappointing to see Congresswoman Fletcher stand with Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar over our law enforcement officers. Our communities deserve stability, transparency and accountability in leadership, not politically-charged justifications for lawlessness.”
Wesley Hunt is a Houston native and a battle-tested leader willing to stand up for the 7th Congressional District. While his opponent Lizzie Fletcher made Pelosi Speaker of the House and refuses to condemn the most liberal of Democratic priorities, Wesley is a problem solver who will work with both sides to bring results home to the 7th District.