Few contests have as striking a contrast between candidates as the open-seat CD2 race in Harris County.

On one side is Kevin Roberts, the debate club coach who – despite not being a lawyer – works for his brother-in-law’s law firm. On the other is Dan Crenshaw, a Harvard-educated Navy SEAL who lost his eye in combat.

Roberts has taken to criticizing Crenshaw’s lack of “real world” experience – a take that left many veterans shaking their heads. When he ran for the Texas Legislature two years ago, Roberts campaigned as a conservative but quickly revealed himself once in office to be a tool of the crony leadership of House Speaker Joe Straus.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry (an Air Force veteran and former Texas governor) and former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell today endorsed Crenshaw in a radio ad.

“Dan Crenshaw is passionate about securing our border, lowering taxes and promoting ideas that founded our country,” says Perry in the 60-second ad.

The run-off election is May 22. Early voting begins May 14.


Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."