With the Texas legislative session coming to a close, the 2022 gubernatorial race endorsements from the grassroots are beginning to roll out.

Now, conservative leader Julie McCarty has announced her endorsement of former State Sen. Don Huffines for governor.

McCarty is the CEO of the True Texas Project, a conservative organization that was founded as the Northeast Tarrant Tea Party 12 years ago. Since then, the group has established chapters across the state, including multiple groups in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, as well as chapters in Lubbock and the Rio Grande Valley.

In a video announcement, McCarty says her endorsement was based on Huffines’ record in office.

“For the past 12 years, we have been educating people on how do you pick the best candidate to vote for, and it’s always the same mantra: You must look at the voting record,” said McCarty, noting that voting records are “impartial” and show how a person will behave “when they are under pressure in Austin.”

“Don Huffines has a perfect voting record from his time as a senator, and that’s why I’m proud to endorse Don for governor of Texas,” she added.

“It is an honor to have Julie McCarty join us in our campaign to bring actual Republican leadership back to Texas. Julie has spent years building one of the most influential and active tea parties in our state,” said Huffines. “From successfully suing the IRS for improperly targeting conservative groups to replacing state House representatives with committed Republicans, Julie’s vision and hard work continue to shape the State of Texas for the better.”

“I look forward to working with Julie as we drive forward on our mission to solve critical problems that have been neglected for too long and to unapologetically defend the freedoms of all Texans,” he added.

Huffines entered the race earlier this month, joining media personality and humorist Chad Prather in challenging Gov. Greg Abbott in the Republican primary.

As the race continues to heat up, Texas Scorecard will report on each campaign and their major endorsements.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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