Elections 2022IssuesDemocrat Vicente Gonzalez Says Republican Mayra Flores ‘Stole’ Special Election

Flores won a surprise victory in a congressional district that has mostly been in Democratic hands for decades.
September 14, 2022
In a campaign event in Brownsville, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (D-TX-15) asserted that Congresswoman Mayra Flores (R-TX-34) and those who contributed financially to her campaign “stole” the special election that catapulted her to Congress this summer.

Flores defeated Democrat Dan Sanchez in a special election on June 14 to fill the seat vacated by Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX-15). Abbott called the election after Vela unexpectedly resigned his seat in Congress to work for a law firm.

While the special election had four candidates, Flores and Sanchez were the frontrunners. The district now is more poised to favor Democrats after the Texas Legislature redrew the map in last year’s redistricting cycle.

Fox News reported that Gonzalez highlighted that Democrats were outspent by millions of dollars in the special election. 

“They stole that last election,” the congressman said last week. “They spent $3 million to our $250,000, they campaigned for two years, and they still only won by less than one percent. So, the way to turn this around is getting out and vote.”

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Gonzalez reportedly went on to say that “our democracy is at stake” and “there’s millions and millions of dollars from outside our region and outside our state that are coming here to try to steal our elections.”

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-28), who chairs the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, attended the campaign event in support of Gonzalez, according to Fox. Schiff is also serving on the committee investigating the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

One of the first pieces of legislation Flores introduced was a border security bill to consolidate resources to enforce immigration laws.

“The far left is getting pretty desperate when Adam Schiff is coming down to Texas to save Vicente Gonzalez,” Flores tweeted last week. “The swamp is protecting one of its own.”

The 34th Congressional District has a rating of D-62% on The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index.

Democrats have fiercely resisted assertions by former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters that the 2020 presidential election was stolen via rampant ballot fraud, a claim that his campaign was unable to prove in court.


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."