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Texas GOP adviser can’t support Donald Trump, turns to Libertarian

Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president
Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president The Associated Press

Fort Worth’s Juan Hernandez is back onboard with a new presidential campaign.

Hernandez, a devout Fort Worth Republican who has advised presidential candidates including 2008 nominee John McCain, is now an adviser and chairman of Hispanics for Libertarian Gary Johnson’s presidential campaign.

“Having a leader of Juan’s stature join our campaign is a huge boost, and I am proud to have both his support and his assistance,” Johnson said in a statement.

“The choices in this election for Hispanics could not be clearer, and as a former Governor of the nation's most Hispanic state, I understand both the tremendous benefits immigrants bring to America — and the challenges they face.”

Hernandez has long said he cannot vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

“I cannot vote for Trump even though I’m a Republican,” he has told the Star-Telegram. “Never. Never. Never. Ever. Ever. Ever Trump. Period.”

‘Hillary’s America’

The filmmaker behind Hillary’s America, a political documentary about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton that has drawn praise from conservative leaders, will speak at a Dallas Republican event this month.

Dinesh D’Souza and his wife, Debbie, will attend a “power” luncheon sponsored by the Dallas County Council of Republican Women.

The event: 11 a.m. Aug. 27 at 4155 Mockingbird Lane.

Sponsor levels for the event range from $125 to $3,000. Tickets may be bought online at www.dccrw.org. For more information, call 972-732-4000.

New addition

A Fort Worth woman has joined Donald Trump’s formerly all-male economic advisory council.

Brooke Rollins, president and CEO of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, and seven other women were recently named to Trump’s team geared to improve the economy.

“We are continuing to work every day to bring in the best and brightest minds to save our country’s economy,” Trump said. “These new members of our team are some of the best economic minds around right now, and they will continue to bring new ideas to our campaign that will strengthen and grow our economy.”

Rollins lives in Fort Worth with her husband, Mark, and their children.

Town Halls

Members of Congressi are meeting with constituents during their August recess.

Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, is among those holding town halls, including one from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 214 NW 20th St. in Fort Worth.

Rock the vote?

Local Democrats hope to energize like-minded voters through a Texas Rock the Vote Rally from 3 to 10 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way.

“The reason for this event is to bring Democrats together to let them know how important it is to vote in every election, not just the presidential election,” said Melinda Hamilton, president of the East Fort Worth Neighborhood Coalition.

Hamilton said elected officials as well as Texas Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa will be at the event.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students with an ID. For information email texasrockthevote@gmail.com or call Hamilton at 817-938-8892.

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

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