Matthew Dowd, former Bush strategist, ends campaign for lieutenant governor in Texas
“A diverse field is emerging in the Democratic primary for this office,” Dowd wrote in a statement, adding, “I don’t want to be the one standing in the way of the most diversity we need in politics.” .
“I have always strived to be a person of integrity by living the values ââthat I espouse,” Dowd said Tuesday when announcing his decision to leave the race, referencing an opinion piece he said. wrote in 2018 for ABC News titled “We White Christian Men Need To Take A Step Back And Empower Others To Lead.
Dowd, who was previously a political analyst for ABC News, announced in September that he would run as a Democrat against Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in next year’s midterm election. At the time, he was critical of Republican politicians in Texas, calling Patrick “cruel and cowardly.”
Although Dowd hasn’t identified himself as a Republican in years, his candidacy was seen as a recent proxy battle in the larger national battle against Republicans who have attached themselves to former President Donald Trump and his brand of policy against moderate establishment figures such as Dowd.
As he ends his campaign for lieutenant governor, Dowd has said he is “not giving up politics.”
“I will continue to speak about democracy and help elect servant leaders with common sense and common decency who believe in the common good, top to bottom of the ballot, in Texas and across the country,” he said. Dowd said, adding that he would turn his candidate campaign committee into a larger committee “to support those who come forward to serve the public with integrity.”