Texas congressman helps fight fires in Congress — and at home

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville
U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville ABACAUSA.COM

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess is back in the headlines, but not for his legislative work.

Burgess recently was driving down a road in Aubrey, a suburb northeast of Denton, when he saw a house on fire.

He stopped, knocked on the door to make sure no one was home and called 911.

The fire destroyed the home, but Burgess, R-Lewisville, is drawing kudos for doing his part to make sure no one was in danger.

“We cannot put into words our gratitude for Dr. Burgess risking his own life to ensure our family was out of harm’s way,” Jesse and Christina Brinkman told the Aubrey News. “When he stepped onto our front porch, flames were already licking the windows of the front room and he banged on the door to make sure no one was inside.

“We know he has driven our road many times, has seen our family of four outdoors and we will always be grateful that God sent us an extra lifeline that day. Thank you Dr. Mike Burgess.”

That new look

There’s something really different about U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell. Looks like the famously affable former Texas representative has a certain je ne sais quoi about him, he’s lost weight. But wait, what’s that on his face — a goatee! It gives him a certain professorial look, which is good for all those dense issues at the House Ways and Means Committee.

And speaking of new looks, former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush is suddenly not wearing his glasses. Told by media advisers to switch to contacts in the fall, making him more approachable, Bush famously said: “I’m not going to take off my stinking glasses.”

Not wise to reject media maven’s advice! With his presidential campaign struggling, Bush is trying contacts. Of course, another Texan (Bush was born in Midland,) former Gov. Rick Perry, tried the opposite approach, winning rave reviews for his stylish glasses.

Polar views of Cruz

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is a polarizing figure and that is really on display in the presidential campaign.

Two prominent Americans take opposite views:

Mark Cuban, Dallas billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner said in a Tweet: “honestly I’m an ABC voter. Anyone But Cruz. Labeling everything and everyone including himself is the opposite of leadership.”

Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio host, said on his program: “If conservatism is your bag, if conservatism is the dominating factor in how you vote, there is no other choice for you in this campaign than Ted Cruz because you are exactly — this is the closest in our lifetimes we have ever been to Ronald Reagan.”

Of note

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., is a big Ted Cruz supporter and former Navy fighter pilot who just cut an ad for him: “Ted Cruz Will Rebuild Our Military.” But Bridenstine has deep connections to Texas, where he studied at Rice University, and specifically Fort Worth, where he interned at the ... Star-Telegram.

Keep voting

Texans are still weighing in on the 2016 presidential race.

Early voting runs through Friday for the March 1 primary. For more information, call the Tarrant County Elections office at 817-831-8683.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley