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Matthew Dow is ending his campaign for lieutenant governor of Texas after running in the Democratic primary field and has become more diverse.

“There is a diverse field now emerging in the Democratic primary for this office,” said Doudou. said in a statement Tuesday. “I don’t want to be the one who stands in the way of the more diversity we need in politics.”

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Matthew Dodd made 175K tweets ahead of Texas lieutenant governor’s campaign

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Dowd, 60, was the chief strategist of Bush’s 2004 campaign and served as an operative working for former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 re-election campaign. He became a political analyst for ABC News in 2007, eventually becoming an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump.

Dowd decides to walk after two years writing an op-ed Arguing for ABC News that “white male Christians” should step aside and allow more diverse candidates to run for office.

“Instead of waiting for America’s diverse population to be pushed and roused, I would humbly suggest that we white male Christians step up to ourselves and give more people who don’t look like us access to the levers of power,” Dowd said. Time was written.

He said, “We must do as white male Christians what demands real leadership and practice a level of humility that demonstrates strength by stepping back from the center of the room and starting to give up our seats at the table.” gives,” he said.

But in September, Dowd put his hat in the ring for the lieutenant governor race, though he argued in his statement on Tuesday that he did so because the only declared candidate at the time was “a white male Christian.”

With many more diverse candidates now entering the race, Dowd said it was time for him to step aside.

“I have always strived to be a person of integrity by living the values ​​that I believe in,” Dowd’s statement said. “We need to give white male Christians a place to step back and let others take the lead.”

Texas State Capitol.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

But Dowd assured followers that he was not going to quit politics entirely, saying he would continue to advocate for candidates who “proceed to serve the public with integrity.”

“I will continue to speak on democracy and with common sense and common decency to help servant leaders who believe in the common good, up and down the ballot in Texas and across the country,” Dowd said.