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Texas Tea Party Candidate to Challenge Pete Sessions

Friday, 13 Sep 2013 11:49 AM

By Lisa Barron

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Dallas tea party leader Katrina Pierson is challenging longtime Rep. Pete Sessions, in the Republican primary next year in Texas.

"The people of my hometown deserve an elected leader who will fight for them — a leader who won't play the go-along-to-get-along business-as-usual politics that have been hurting this country for so long," she said in a statement announcing her campaign on Thursday, reports The Dallas Morning News.

Pierson, who was active in Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign last year, has already gained the support of the conservative group Freedom Works, according to Politico.

"Katrina Pierson has led the fight to elect principled conservatives across the state of Texas for years," FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement Thursday.

"While incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions seems more concerned with keeping his seat at the leadership table, Katrina understands the importance of connecting to the grassroots at home and sticking to your guns in Washington," he added.

Sessions, who chairs the House Rules Committee, represents the state's 32nd District, where Mitt Romney won 57 percent of the vote in the 2012 presidential election. Sessions reportedly has a 97 percent rating from the American Conservative Union, an A+ ranking from the National Rifle Association, and a 100 percent rating from the National Right to Life group.

Reacting to the news of a tea party primary challenger, Sessions said in a statement reported by the Morning News: "North Texans deserve a leader who stands behind principled solutions, not rhetoric. I'm confident that my conservative record speaks for itself and that my constituents will continue to trust my leadership as their representative in Congress."

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