Lupe Valdez hires a big name to help Democratic campaign for governor

February 19, 2018

AUSTIN — Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez, beefing up her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor as the primary election nears, said Monday she has hired Bill Romjue, a Democratic strategist who worked for Alabama Sen. Doug Jones’ upset victory over Republican Roy Moore.

He was named her campaign manager a day before early voting starts, and a little more than two weeks before the primary election.

Romjue was campaign manager and then general consultant for Jones, who gained support in the special election against Moore because the Republican nominee faced sexual allegations, including that in 1979 he preyed on a girl who was 14 while he was a 32-year-old prosecutor.

In 2008, Romjue was part of Joe Biden’s unsuccessful presidential bid, one of seven presidential campaigns for which he has worked in top positions.

Valdez also announced that her campaign has hired Gabby Adler of Gumbinner & Davies, JMM Strategy Group, Kevin McKeon of Putnam Partners, Michelle Mayorga and Margie Omero of GBA Strategies.

It’s a big roster considering her last campaign finance report showed she had just $83,876 in cash on hand. Her campaign spokesman, Kiefer Odell, declined to say whether she had received a big injection of money. The next report is due Feb. 26.

A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll found Valdez had support from 43 percent of likely Democratic primary voters who responded. Her closest competitor in the nine-member field, Houston businessman Andrew White, had 24 percent. If no candidate gets a majority in the primary, the two top finishers will compete in a May runoff.

Peggy Fikac is a San Antonio Express-News staff writer. Read more of her stories here. | pfikac@express-news.net | @pfikac