I’ve been impressed by Julie Oliver’s campaign from the beginning. She conveys authenticity, that intangible quality that goes unrecognized in today’s artificial, consultant-crafted politics. She’s the opposite of Ted Cruz. Like Beto O’Rourke, her politics appeal to the left but her personality and overarching campaign message have bipartisan appeal.
Oliver is running for Texas’ 25th congressional district, one of the handful of grotesquely gerrymandered districts that include part of Austin. As you can see, it stretches from San Marco, juts into Austin and terminates in the Fort Worth burbs.
Here’s what the district looks like in the Austin area.
The district is rated R+11, meaning that Oliver’s chances of winning are even slimmer than Beto’s. But she will have accomplished something in this campaign whether or not it concludes with her election to Congress. Quality candidates help build support for the party and shift opinion in the long-term. Unfortunately, long-term vision is not how campaign consultants make money. Which is one of the reasons our politics have become shallow and cynical.