Sima Ladjevardian Slams Dan Crenshaw ahead of his RNC Speech
August 26, 2020
HOUSTON, Texas -- Tonight, Dan Crenshaw will speak in primetime at the Republican National Convention and complete his transformation from independent thinker to Trump sycophant. In response, his challenger Sima Ladjevardian issued the following statement:
“Dan Crenshaw left Houston behind to advance his own political career, and now President Trump is rewarding him for his loyalty to the party instead of the people. Congressman Crenshaw became Trump's favorite mouthpiece in Texas by spreading dangerous disinformation throughout this pandemic and breaking his health care promises to our community. Our families deserve a leader who will put her people's concerns before political opportunism, and it's clear that leader is not Dan Crenshaw.”
And today, the Texas Tribune made sure to highlight all the information voters need to know about this dangerous enabler.
Click here for the full article, and see below for some key points.
By Kelsey Carolan
August 26, 2020
But this November, he is facing a challenge from Houston attorney Sima Ladjevardian in a race that’s drawing attention from national Democrats. His speech will matter not just for President Trump’s campaign but also for his own.
His district is known to be one of the most gerrymandered in the country, stretching across parts of northern and western Houston.
But many other times he has backed the president up — and won praise from Trump in return. On TV, he has defended Trump’s comments in the aftermath of violence at a rally by white supremacists and Trump himself once tweeted a video clip of Crenshaw defending the president’s coronavirus response.
Recently, Crenshaw came under fire after questioning U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s patriotism. Duckworth is an Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient who lost both of her legs due to severe combat wounds. In an online meet-up for Trump supporters, Crenshaw claimed that Duckworth supported the “destruction of America” after she suggested that there be a dialogue about the removal of statues and monuments of the founding fathers.
"While Dan Crenshaw is getting rewarded for his loyalty to Donald Trump with a primetime speaking slot, Sima Ladjevardian is fighting to guarantee the high-quality, affordable health care that Houston families desperately need," Ladjevardian spokesman Dan Gottlieb said in an email on Tuesday.
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Sima Ladjevardian (SEE-ma LAHJ-ee-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, President Barack Obama, 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, and Congresswoman Katie Porter.