A Democrat running for lieutenant governor of Texas recently bowed out of the race, and his reason will likely have many Americans shaking their heads.
According to Fox News, Matthew Dowd announced on Tuesday he will not be running this time around and stated his reason is because there are too many “white male Christians” in politics.
Dowd said he “made the decision from a place of integrity,” and pointed to an article he wrote several years ago calling out whites for holding positions of authority.
The former candidate said such individuals should “take it upon ourselves to step back and give more people who don’t look like us access to the levers of power.”
“A diverse field is now emerging in the Democratic primary for this office,” Dowd declared. “I do not want to be the one who stands in the way of the greater diversity we need in politics.”
“I will continue to speak out on democracy and help elect servant leaders with common sense and common decency who believe in the common good, up and down the ballot, in Texas and across the nation.”
Fox News noted that at 60, Dowd has already had a long career in politics, having been the chief strategist for former President George W. Bush’s reelection campaign in 2004.
He then went on to assist with California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 election campaign before taking a job in media and becoming a vocal critic of former President Donald Trump.
Only two remain
“Dowd’s exit means that only two candidates remain in the Democratic primary for Texas lieutenant governor: Mike Collier, a white man, and Michelle Beckley, a white woman,” noted Washington Free Beacon columnist Andrew Stiles.
“The announcement is perhaps best viewed as a thinly veiled attack on Beto O’Rourke, who is favored to win the Democratic nomination for Texas governor, but is also a white male Christian running in an even more diverse primary field,” Stiles suggested.
The writer pointed out that O’Rourke’s main rivals in the Democratic primary are “Michael Cooper, a Black man, and Deirdre Dickson-Gilbert, a Black woman.”
“It remains to be seen if O’Rourke—and Joe Biden, for that matter—will step aside in the name of ‘greater diversity’ and personal ‘integrity,'” Stiles concluded.