Could Ronny Jackson wind up in the Senate?

That’s according to the Texas Tribune, which reported that Jackson has begun running Spanish-language ads to appeal to the state’s ever-growing Latino population, even though his district is mostly white and solid Republican.
Asked by CNN Melania Zanona over the possibility of challenging Cornyn in four years, Jackson was careful not to rule it out. He said he was “open to anything” and would consider racing against someone he felt “can’t carry their weight”.

All of this begs a simple question: could Jackson actually win?

As you probably know, Jackson was the White House doctor during Donald Trump’s administration. He famously/infamously attributed Trump’s good health – despite a diet full of soda and fast food – to “incredible genes”.
Jackson was so close to Trump that the then-President appointed Jackson, a retired Navy Rear Admiral, to head the Department of Veterans Affairs. Jackson eventually withdrew his nomination amid allegations that he “abused” colleagues, was lax on prescription drugs, and was occasionally intoxicated. Jackson said the allegations were “completely false and fabricated”.
Jackson eventually decided to run for Congress in Texas’ 13th Circuit. With Trump’s endorsement, Jackson won a GOP primary sample in July 2020 and subsequently easily won the general election seat.
In Congress, Jackson has been one of Trump’s most outspoken defenders and has backed his bogus 2020 election claims. Jackson made headlines when he suggested that last year’s Omicron surge was the “MEV – the midterm choice variant”!

Cornyn, on the other hand, is an established figure in the party. He is close to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and has spent years in the Republican leadership.

And there’s no doubt that Cornyn suffered a minor political blow in the Republican grassroots earlier this year when he chaired a bipartisan gun safety measure through the Senate following the Uvalde, Texas, shooting. Cornyn was even booed at the GOP conference in Texas in June.

However, Cornyn is an impressive politician. He’s not one to be taken by surprise, and Jackson gives him a potential feature race four years in advance so Cornyn has ample time to prepare.

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The point: Given Trump’s dominance within the Republican Party, Cornyn would do well not to underestimate Jackson’s potential threat.

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