Tea party activist Katrina Pierson to challenge incumbent Pete Sessions for Congress

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Tea party leader Katrina Pierson said Thursday that she’s challenging incumbent Pete Sessions for Congress.

After she announced her intentions to run against Sessions, Pierson was quickly endorsed by the political arm of the conservative group FreedomWorks.

“Far too often politicians who have been in Washington too long put their interests ahead of us – my family – my neighbors. Their selfish, corrupt dealings are harming our freedoms and rapidly stripping us of our liberties that were bought at the ultimate price,” Pierson said in her first campaign news release. ” Politicians who have been in Washington far too long — who once had the appearance of stellar voting records — have rapidly sacrificed their principles in the name of political expediency.”

You can read Pierson’s news release here.

Pierson, R-Garland, has criticized Sessions for not standing up for conservative principles.

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“The people of my hometown deserve an elected leader who will fight for them – a leader who won’t play the go-along-to-get along, business-as-usual politics that have been hurting this country for so long,” she said.

FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe praised Pierson’s work.

“Katrina Pierson has led the fight to elect principled conservatives across the state of Texas for years,” he said. “While incumbent Rep. Pete Sessions seems more concerned with keeping his seat at the leadership table, Katrina understands the importance of connecting to the grassroots at home and sticking to your guns in Washington.”

Sessions, R-Dallas, represents Congressional District 32 and is the chairman of the powerful Rules Committee and has served in Congress since 1997. The district includes parts of northern and eastern Dallas County.

The GOP primary is in March.

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