Houston Chronicle: Rep. Dan Crenshaw vs. Sima Ladjevardian is the most expensive race for Congress in Texas
HOUSTON, Texas -- On Friday, the Houston Chronicle reported that the battle between TX-02 Democratic nominee Sima Ladjevardian and Congressman Dan Crenshaw has become the most expensive fight for the United States Congress in Texas, and the seventh-most expensive in the entire nation.
Ladjevardian has raised a historic haul — over $3 million — in just under ten months running up against one of Trump’s chief enablers in Texas. While Ladjevardian advocates for the health of her community, Crenshaw has established himself as the president’s pandemic poster boy — spreading dangerous disinformation about COVID-19 and advocating for Trump’s lawsuit to gut the Affordable Care Act in the middle of this health care crisis.
"Sima has built an unprecedented grassroots movement by holding the president's pandemic poster boy accountable and bringing a survivor's perspective to the health care debate,” Ladjevardian campaign spokesman Dan Gottlieb said. “This massive fundraising haul reflects the enthusiasm we're seeing on the ground as Harris County voters head to the polls at a record-breaking pace, and we’re excited to watch that momentum continue."
Find some highlights from Jeremy Wallace’s coverage below, or read the full story here.
Jeremy Wallace, 10/16/20
More than $13 million has already been spent in Houston’s 2nd Congressional District, making it the most expensive battle for the U.S. House of Representatives in Texas and the seventh-most expensive in the entire nation.
[Crenshaw] has spent $11 million in total. But his Democratic opponent, Sima Ladjevardian, has also raised a substantial amount: $1.4 million over the past three months and $3 million reported in total for a campaign that many thought would be a long shot as she tries to defeat one of the best-known Republicans in Congress. She’s spent $1.2 million in the last three months and $2.3 million overall.
Ladjevardian, an attorney, has also been raising money from outside the state as well as from Democratic members of Congress. Reps. Adam Schiff and Ted Lieu, both from California, and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland have combined to send more than $8,000 to Ladjevardian’s campaign since July.
“The turnout in Texas has been unbelievable this first week of early vote, and I’m energized by the momentum we’re seeing on the ground,” Sima Ladjevardian said. “With so much at stake, from health care to COVID-19 and the economy to the environment, it’s more important than ever to make our voices and our concerns heard at the ballot box. I can’t wait to serve this community in the halls of Congress, and we have 15 days to make that dream a reality for our families.”
Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LODGE-uh-VAR-DEE-un) is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist who has called Houston home for more than 30 years. After fleeing the political upheaval of the Iranian Revolution, her family immigrated to the United States for their shot at the American Dream. Eventually settling in Houston, Sima has become a local leader in cross-cultural dialogue, bringing Texans of all backgrounds and faiths together for social justice. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly to turn Texas blue and elect candidates up and down the ballot — all while serving senior roles in Beto O’Rourke's senate and presidential campaigns. She has been recognized by the University of Houston for her tireless philanthropic and nonprofit work in the community, and she is fueled by the desire to fight for quality, affordable health care, justice, and unity in the United States Congress.
Sima has been added to DCCC’s Red to Blue Program and endorsed by EMILY’s List, Congressional Black Caucus PAC, BOLD PAC, End Citizens United, Planned Parenthood, AFL-CIO, AAPI Victory Fund, AAA Fund, Emgage PAC, Giffords PAC, Brady PAC, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, NewDems Action Fund, Texas American Federation of Teachers, Foreign Policy for America, ASPIRE PAC, Texas Organizing Project, President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, former US Senate/presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, former Sec. of HUD/presidential candidate Julían Castro, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, Congresswoman Katie Porter, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and Judge Lina Hidalgo.