Democratic U.S. Senate candidate David Alameel attended the Stonewall Democrats of Dallas meeting Tuesday, the first time he has had contact with the state’s largest Democratic organization. He faces Kesha Rodgers in a runoff. The Texas Democratic Party has issued a warning against Rodgers whose main platform is impeaching President Obama.
While Stonewall usually packs the back room at Ojeda’s on Maple Avenue, attendance was sparse because gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was opening her Dallas headquarters on MLK Boulevard at the same time.
Alameel addressed not yet having visited the group. He said he’s tried to visit each of the 254 counties in Texas, but when he arrives he mostly hears complaints that he hadn’t been there yet.
He said he and his wife could retire to Hawaii and not have to work another day, but he said he remembers working minimum wage jobs. He wants to go to Washington, he said, to address the Republican war on women, war on the poor, war on the elderly and war on immigrants.
Alameel is an immigrant, himself. He was born in Haifa, Israel, and is Lebanese Christian. He’s lived in the U.S. more than 40 years.
He attacked Texas Sen. John Cornyn for voting against protecting women in the military from sexual assault. He said he opposed corporate greed that shipped jobs overseas and recent Supreme Court decisions giving corporations the same rights as people.
“I don’t remember where it said in the Bible God created Wall Street in His image,” Alameel said.
He also attacked what he called the Republican war on the gay and lesbian community.
“I’m a devout Christian who accepts equality,” he said.
He said if one of his kids told him he was gay, he knows how he’d want his child treated.
Early voting continues through Friday, May 23. 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Runoff day is Tuesday, May 27.