Tahir Javed just got a solid endorsement in his quest for the Texas 29th Congressional District seat.
New York U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, the Minority Leader, endorsed the Pakistani American businessman, who is among seven Democratic candidates running for the seat held by Rep. Gene Green, a Democrat from Houston.
"We need Democrats to take the majority in both the House and the Senate, and I will continue to support his efforts to elect more Democrats," Javed said in a statement.
Javed is a healthcare executive who Schumer believes Washington, D.C., needs more of — someone who "thinks outside the box."
"His record as a job creator, healthcare executive and teacher give him the perfect mix of skills and experience to serve the district and Texas," Schumer said in a statement. "He’s been very helpful in electing Democrats across the country, and I am now proud to support him as part of a new generation of leaders we need in Washington."
Javed, a longtime Democratic fundraiser, has said he will "spend whatever it takes" to win against six other candidates in the Democratic primary. In the fourth quarter of last year, he reported loaning his campaign $400,000 on top of the $201,000 raised from others, the Texas Tribune reported.
Schumer's public support for Javed is at odds with the local and federal Democratic establishment, which has largely endorsed state Sen. Sylvia Garcia's bid for the seat, the report said. Garcia's supporters include several members of the Texas delegation, the powerhouse fundraising organization EMILY's List, and Green himself, who is retiring after 25 years in office.
In a statement, Garcia said she is "honored to have the support of numerous local elected officials," including the outgoing Green.
Javed turned heads last month when he hosted Schumer for a high-profile Democratic fundraiser in Houston that raised money for several Democratic incumbents and candidates, including U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of El Paso, who is running to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, the report said.
Javed would be the first Asian American from Texas to serve in Congress if elected (see India-West story here).