Politics

Supporters of Rep. John Carter ‘Threw Candy At My Children’ Opponent Says

Mary Jennings Hegar alleges Carter supporters followed the family while they trick-or-treated

Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, followed by Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the basement of the Capitol in February 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Supporters of Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, harassed his opponent while she trick-or-treated with her family and threw candy at her young children, Democratic candidate Mary Jennings Hegar alleged in a video she posted to Twitter Wednesday night. 

The Carter campaign said it “wholly disagrees” with Hegar's account of the night and referred to the video as an attempt “to gain attention for her failing campaign.”

Hegar said she noticed a pickup truck dragging a trailer circling her neighborhood Halloween night, and that the truck bared a Carter for Congress sign.

The Hegar campaign alleged that the Carter campaign held rally “ten houses down” from Hegar’s residence on Tuesday night, and that the same truck was spotted there. Hegar posted security camera footage of the truck she identified as belonging to Carter supporters in a subsequent tweet. She referred to the truck as a “campaign vehicle.”

MJ Hegar Says Opponent Campaign Threw Candy at Her Kids

“It’s not a coincidence that they've been outside my house for the last two nights,” Hegar said. “They were on my street harassing me and my family, pulling over their campaign vehicle, which they didn’t do for anyone else, and trying to talk to my children and throwing candy at my children despite us telling them to stop,” Hegar said.

“This is exactly what’s wrong with politics,” Hegar continued. “It is egos and childish behavior that makes people not want to run. All I can do about it is get back to work.”

Carter spokesman Bruce Harvie disputed Hegar’s account and indicated it was a chance encounter. 

“Last night, campaign staff and volunteers for Congressman John Carter 's campaign were canvassing their own and Rep. Carter's neighborhood passing out candy to children,” Harvie said. “At one point in the evening our team members encountered Ms. Hegar and her children.”

Carter is running for his ninth term, and won his last election by 21 points. But Hegar, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, poses a credible challenge in the race to represent the 31st District, which includes much of Fort Hood and a large population of military veterans, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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