Democrat Rep. Vicente Gonzalez has continued the scathing attacks at his Republican opponent Congresswoman Mayra Flores, as he said that the freshman representative can’t ‘speak’ or ‘think for herself.’
Flores, 36, won a special election earlier this year and is the first Mexican-born woman elected to the House of Representatives. Gonzalez, who has served in Congress since 2017, is facing Flores in Texas‘ newly drawn 34th District as a result of redistricting.
In a video shared by Flores from a Gonzalez rally in Harlingen, Texas earlier this week, the Democrat essentially accuses his opponent of being unable to do anything for herself.
Gonzalez, 55, said: ‘We’re gonna push back on these outside resources coming here picking a candidate, a hand-picked candidate that can’t think for herself, can’t speak for herself, can’t act for herself, can’t vote for herself.’
He specifically targeted Flores’ no vote on the bipartisan Keep Communities Safe Act, which included extended background checks for people under 21 buying guns, further criminalized arms trafficking and partially closed the boyfriend loophole. It passed by a vote of 234-193 after an amended bill passed the Senate 65-33.
Republican Congresswoman Mayra Flores continues to face attacks from her Democrat opponent, with Representative Vicente Gonzalez (pictured) saying the freshman representative can’t ‘speak’ or ‘think for herself’
Flores, 36, won a special election earlier this year and is the first Mexican-born woman elected to the House of Representatives
Gonzalez, who has served in Congress since 2017, is facing Flores in Texas’ newly drawn 34th District as a result of redistricting
In a video shared by Flores from a Gonzalez rally in Harlingen, Texas earlier this week, the Democrat essentially accuses his opponent of being unable to do anything for herself
Flores told the New York Post in a statement: ‘Entitled liberals like Vicente Gonzalez simply refuse to accept that not all Hispanics believe like they want us to.’
She added: ‘So instead of telling voters what they stand for and letting the best ideas prevails, Gonzalez and his friends resort to these disgusting personal attacks. The people of South Texas deserve better. We are people of strong faith, strong family values and strong work ethic.’
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel called Gonzalez ‘disgusting’ and and said he ‘has launched one racist and sexist attack after another against’ Flores.
McDaniel added: ‘But Mayra isn’t backing down and won’t be intimidated!’
Gonzalez has subjected Flores to several attacks, most recently a campaign ad earlier this week with an edited picture includes an ominous green filter and appears to have been edited to give Flores’ eyebrows a tilted, more aggressive look.
Flores said in a statement: ‘Entitled liberals like Vicente Gonzalez simply refuse to accept that not all Hispanics believe like they want us to’
The ad, which focused on school safety and gun control, was posted Monday to Gonzalez’s Twitter. It targeted Flores for her first congressional vote against the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act in the weeks following the massacre at an Uvalde, Texas school.
Flores, along with all but 15 House Republicans, voted against the so-called ‘Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,’ largely due to the red flag laws that the bill implements, which allow state officials to determine if an individual is fit for gun ownership.
The ad uses an edited picture of Flores that was originally posted to her Instagram in early 2022.
The edited picture of Rep. Mayra Flores (R). The color filter on the picture was changed, and Flores’ eyebrows appear to have been dragged down to make them look more sinister and aggressive
The ad, which focused on school safety and gun control, was posted Monday to Gonzalez’s Twitter
The original picture from Gonzalez’s ad was taken from the candidate’s Instagram
As the unflattering picture flashed across the screen, the female narrator of the ad states, ‘Republican Mayra Flores’ first vote in Congress was against the Bipartisan Safe Communities Act.’
‘She voted against keeping our children safe in schools, against keeping weapons out of the hands of Mexican cartels, and against keeping guns out of the hands of criminals with a prior history of domestic violence,’ it continues.
On his campaign’s Twitter account, he wrote, ‘After the tragic shooting at Uvalde, Mayra Flores’ first vote in Congress was AGAINST a bipartisan school safety bill.
‘We need a representative that works to protect our children and families; not someone who puts them in danger.’
Gonzalez did not disclose that the photo he used was doctored.
Gonzalez’s campaign previously paid a Texas political blogger to attack Flores online. The blogger used a number of racially disparaging monikers against Flores, including ‘Miss Enchiladas’
The ad specifically targets Flores’ record voting against the so-called ‘Bipartisan Safer Communities Act’ in the wake of the tragic Uvalde school shooting
A Texas political blogger paid by the Gonzalez campaign for ad services flung racist attacks at Flores in June, including calling her ‘Miss Frijoles’ and ‘Miss Enchiladas.’
Jerry McHale accused Flores, the first woman born in Mexico to be elected to Congress, of ‘playing the race card’ and called her a ‘cotton pickin’ liar’ because of her claim that she worked in cotton fields with her immigrant parents as a child.
In September, Flores introduced the Reduce Gun Violence Act, which her campaign touted as a ‘comprehensive funding package of more than $11 billion dollars to schools across the country to increase physical security and access mental health resources.’
Flores was elected to her post in a special election held in June of this year to fill the unexpired term of former Rep. Filemon Vela, who departed the House in March to work for the lobbying firm Akin Group.