A day into the new Nancy Pelosi-run U.S. House of Representatives, and Will Hurd has ditched the GOP.
The San Antonio congressman was one of seven Republicans on Friday to vote for the Democrats’ attempt to fund government without providing the border security money President Donald Trump has said is contingent on his signing the bill.
Asked about his vote, Hurd told Texas Public Radio he doesn’t want to be “playing politics with a shutdown.”
Hurd says he voted with Democrats because he feels it’s important to keep agencies like the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA, open.
But by voting with the Democrats, he was working against the popular border security initiatives of the president and the GOP.
Indeed, his vote was the epitome of “playing politics”: by voting to advance legislation that Trump and other Republicans had already said they would not support, Hurd effectively chose to rebuke his own party on a bill doomed to die.
Hurd was the only Texas Republican to vote with the Democrats. The rest of the Texas Republican delegation stood with President Trump and against the Democrats. That includes newly elected Republican congressmen Van Taylor, Dan Crenshaw, Ron Wright, Chip Roy, Lance Gooden, and Michael Cloud.
7 Republicans voted for the Democratic spending bill to end partial shutdown without wall funding:
Brian Fitzpatrick (PA)
Will Hurd (TX)
John Katko (NY)
Peter King (NY)
Elise Stefanik (NY)
Fred Upton (MI)
Greg Walden (OR)
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) January 4, 2019
Hurd helped propel Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke to political fame with a live-streamed car trip on social media, just months before the El Paso Democrat announced his challenge to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.