The Republican Party candidate for state comptroller Glenn Hegar visited a local political group on Friday with his six-year-old twins and spoke of family, faith and his goal of not merely preserving a Republican-dominated state government, but of making Texas even “redder.”
“If you turn Texas (blue) there will never, ever, ever be another Republican in the White House ever again,” Hegar cautioned an audience of about 100 at the Republican Women of Kerr County’s general meeting in the hotel’s Bluebonnet room.
“I want to send the message, ‘Don’t come to Texas ... if you want to change the value system of Texas, don’t come here,’” said Hegar, who at 43 years old is the youngest member of the Texas Senate. “We have a very blessed state and we want to keep it that way.”
Hegar thanked voters who helped him prevail against State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville, former state Rep. Raul Torres and former gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina in the recent primary race to see who would win the Republican nomination to succeed Susan Combs as Texas’ comptroller. In November, Hegar will go up against 53-year-old accountant and businessman Mike Collier, a Democrat who lives in the Houston area. Hegar resides in Katy with his wife and three kids.
The comptroller is the state’s chief accountant, revenue estimator and treasurer. The position also is one of chief tax collector, as Hegar noted wryly to his conservative audience on Friday. But in keeping with the Christian themes running throughout the event, someone in the audience responded loudly, “Paul was a tax collector.”
Hegar, whose grandfather was a Baptist preacher, attends St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. No questions were asked of him during the Q&A periods following his remarks, but a member of the audience thanked him for being vocal about his Christian beliefs, and she said there need to be more “men and women of God” in government.
“I think that it’s very important to be who you are,” Hegar replied. “I don’t think you have to showcase it everywhere you are ... but I think that you should never, ever be afraid about who you are. And I think that’s one of the problems we have in this country today, is that people are not willing to stand up. I respect everybody who has their own beliefs and their own personal religious beliefs, but at the same time, I have some, too, and I shouldn’t have to cower down just because you have yours.”