Texas Rep. Returns Thousands In Campaign Contributions From El Paso’s Woody Hunt
U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzalez, R-San Antonio, returned all the campaign money donated by local business leader Woody Hunt. Now he's calling for an investigation.
The Texas representative has called for a congressional investigation into, “corrupt organizations like Hunt Companies who prey on American soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines” in a campaign tweet dated Feb 7, 2022.
Tony Gonzalez recently lost a fight for Fort Bliss redistricting which may be contributing to his call for an investigation into military housing contractors such as Hunt Companies.
According to a report by El Paso Matters,
"The El Paso-based Hunt Companies is the nation’s largest owner of privatized military housing. Gonzales’ tweet linked to an article about a recent housing fraud settlement involving Hunt Companies."
"Days later, Gonzales tweeted about a pending class-action lawsuit at Hunt Companies’ military housing in Hawaii, where water contaminated with jet fuel led to the eviction of more than 2,000 residents."
Brenda Christman, a Hunt Companies spokesperson, said Gonzales’ initial tweet mischaracterized the housing fraud civil settlement, saying “the settlement is not an admission of liability and that the investigation has been resolved.”
Speculation abounds, but the common thought behind the social media post representative Gonzalez made, incidentally, after returning all campaign contributions from Woody Hunt, centers around his loss in the battle to redistrict Fort Bliss into his 23rd Congressional District of San Antonio. This means he's upset that Fort Bliss will still be under Veronica Escobar's auspice.
"Gonzales is running for a second term this year, and faces challengers Alma Arredondo-Lynch and Alía Garcia in the March 1 Republican primary."
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