Retired Dallas Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson Endorses Crockett for Success – CBS Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas (CBSDFW.COM) — In Fair Park Wednesday, first-term Democratic Representative Jasmine Crockett of Dallas announced that she is running for the 30th congressional district. “Some may wonder if I am ready. I am here to tell you that I am ready.”
Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, who has held the seat for nearly 30 years and announced that she will retire at the end of her term next year, thinks Crockett is ready.
“I feel very proud because I think she would think I deserved,” Crockett told his supporters.
While speaking, Congressman Johnson’s campaign made her endorsement official in a statement saying, “…I categorically believe that Jasmine has the ability and vision to take up the mantle to be your next representative in the US House of Representatives in Washington…”
When Johnson announced she would retire on Saturday, she asked hundreds of people in the crowd to trust her judgment in support of a potential successor, and she hoped that would have an impact on the race.
Prior to Crockett’s announcement, a number of other people said they would also run for that seat in Congress.
But in an interview on Tuesday, Congresswoman Johnson explained what she was looking for in a candidate to succeed her.
Johnson said, “I am looking for someone with new ideas, who has the energy and interest to do homework and work across the aisle. I have not made a light decision. It is not based on friendship. It is not based on the longevity of the acquaintance.”
As women preferred. “I feel like if I don’t stand up for women, who will?”
Crockett said, “Congresswoman Johnson knows I’m going to work until two or three in the morning because some don’t know she’s been streaming a lot of hearings on the floor of the House. She’s seen me work. I really feel like she knows I have what it takes.”
Crockett is among the Democratic members of the House of Representatives who broke the quorum this summer and went to Washington, D.C. to try to block the House Republican Election Integrity Bill, which was eventually passed.
She said voting rights, health care, reproductive rights and police reform are her top priorities if she is elected.