Republican Congressman Will Hurd held a closed-door meeting at the Pecos County Court House on Tuesday, Feb. 19 with at least eight Republican county chairmen to discuss their displeasure with his House votes and stated positions on border security.
It provided a sharp contrast to the national exposure Hurd has received recently as a guest on many broadcast and cable news shows for his opposition to the border wall proposed by President Trump.
According to Upton County Republican Chairman Tammie Smith, chairmen from 17 of the sprawling 23rd Congressional District's 29 counties backed the letter sent to Hurd.
With Hurd scheduled to be in Fort Stockton for the 9 a.m. dedication of the new Veteran's Administration Outreach Clinic on Feb. 19, a meeting was set up with Hurd for 8 a.m. It concluded at 8:50 a.m. The meeting was closed to the press.
A copy of the letter was provided to The Pioneer by Smith. In it, the desire for a physical barrier along the border, the installation of the latest surveillance technology, increased border patrols, legal immigration through proper channels and an end to illegal immigration was expressed.
A portion of the letter read: “We are gravely concerned that your recent voting history regarding these issues does not reflect the views, voices of the Republican Party voters of CD #23 who cast their ballot for you in 2018.”
Smith said that Republican chairmen from the counties of El Paso, Pecos, Reeves, Jeff Davis, Presidio Terrell and Uvaldi each made brief statements to Hurd before listening to his responses.
Several of those chairmen told The Pioneer after the meeting that Hurd stayed with his stated positions and told them that he had not been effective in communicating his positions to them. A few mentioned that they did gain a better understanding of available technology and how it could be effectively used.
Hurd left the meeting and immediately headed to the VA clinic dedication. The Pioneer requested a statement from Hurd through his staff, but none was received as of Wednesday, Feb. 20.