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October 12, 2020      5:02 PM

In political fight of his life, Chair Leach goes on offense against Democratic challenger while distancing himself from longtime ally AG Paxton

Paxton’s new legal problems and Leach’s ties to the AG are raised by the Democrat, Lorenzo Sanchez; Chair Leach argues Sanchez is too liberal for the district and has a history of “anti-police” extremism

ALLEN – Sweating in the hot Texas sun outside an Islamic center this past week in suburban Collin County, Texas House Democratic hopeful Lorenzo Sanchez was doing something many of the candidates in his own party have eschewed for months during the pandemic: Talking to voters in person. Only in recent weeks have Democrats including Sanchez embraced face to face contact with voters – with masks and proper physical distancing – but those choosing to do so are now playing serious catch up with the GOP in field operations.

Sanchez’s opponent, Texas House Judiciary and Jurisprudence Committee Chairman Jeff Leach, R-Allen, has had no qualms about aggressively talking with voters at the doors. Leach argues he can change minds during house visits despite the pandemic, which has perhaps given Republicans like him a leg up in voter contact efforts.

With expanded early voting getting underway this week, only a few Democrats are talking face to face with voters at their homes.

By Scott Braddock

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