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Democrat MJ Hegar Challenges John Cornyn, New Information On Deadly Plane Crash In Central Texas, And U.S. Rep. Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report

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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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MJ Hegar speaksat an early vote rally at her field office in Austin, Texas on October 25, 2018.

Democrat MJ Hegar Challenges Senator John Cornyn

Former Democratic congressional candidate MJ Hegar is running for U.S. Senate in 2020.

Hegar, a former Air Force helicopter pilot, mounted a high-profile bid to unseat U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, in November, fueled by attention-grabbing ads and massive fundraising. She ended up losing by less than 3 percentage points in the traditionally Republican district.

"Texans deserve a senator who represents our values, strength, courage, independence — putting Texas first," Hegar said in an announcement video made in the style of her 2018 ads.

To take on Cornyn, Hegar could face a competitive primary with U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, who has said he is considering a run and will make an announcement soon. Another Democratic elected official, Houston City Councilmember Amanda Edwards, has also said she is mulling a campaign.

The Texas Department of Public Safety was one of the first responders at the site where the airplane crashed.

New Information On Deadly Plane Crash In Central Texas

Three witnesses have told investigators they saw a small plane "spiraling" before it crashed into the ground belly down near Kerrville, about 70 miles northwest of San Antonio.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Michael Folkerts said at a news conference on Tuesday the twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 plane was last spotted on air traffic control equipment on Monday morning about 200 feet above the rocky terrain of the Texas Hill Country. He added the airplane hit the ground "upright" about six miles from the Kerrville Municipal Airport.

Folkerts said the plane crashed while moving at a high vertical, but low horizontal speed that is inconsistent with an attempted landing. He said the group was flying to Kerrville on business. The six victims of the deadly crash were all Houston residents.

Rep. Lizzie Fletcher in the Houston Matters Studios
Houston Matters host Craig Cohen (left) also interviewed Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (right) in February.

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Discusses Mueller Report And More

Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher was one of just two Democrats to flip a GOP-held Texas congressional seat in 2018.

Now, she's completed her first 100 days in office, she's held some town halls across the district, and she's even picked up a challenger for 2020, along with another potential challenger from the Bush family.

Fletcher was on Houston Matters Tuesday and discussed the Mueller report and other topics. Regarding whether Congress should consider if any of President Donald Trump's actions as outlined in the report rose to the level of obstruction of justice, Fletcher said the American people deserve to know the truth. “I think that we deserve to know the facts, and we want to know what happened,” she said. “And I think that we're entitled to that. So, Congress needs to look at that.”

Fletcher also said she'll introduce her first bill “very soon.” It will be a bipartisan measure related to flood prevention.

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