D Magazine – Person of Interest, May 2014


Let’s get this out of the way. How long did it take to get over the loss to Pete Sessions? 
Ten minutes? Before we even got into this race, we knew that if we didn’t get a third person in, we probably weren’t going to beat him. So, at the very least, we wanted to run to expose, to get the message out there, to show that the average person can run a race.

According to your Twitter, there was a lot of TV watching afterward. What helped you recuperate?
I’m watching The Neighbors. Still watch Girlfriends in syndication. And I’m on season four of Pretty Little Liars. Oh, and I just finished Vampire Diaries.

I hear you’re writing a book. Does the title contain the words “America,” “Reagan,” or “Obamacare”?

Oh. Is it about vampires?
The book was in process long before politics. I’ve helped out so many people, and they’ve always said, “Well, how did you manage this?” So I thought, “I’m going to put a book together for young women to read and draw from.” The working title is No More Excuses, which was my campaign slogan.

Your full-time job is as a media and political consultant. What does that mean?
It’s more like a general consultant. I do media consulting, since I do commentary on TV. I also help people who are trying to get into that business. 

“I don’t even like the term ‘talking head.’ What I am is an independent, opinionated woman.”

You’re a regular on Neil Cavuto’s shows on Fox News and Fox Business, and you’re contributing to Inside Texas Politics on WFAA Channel 8. Do you like being a talking head?
I don’t even like the term “talking head.” What I am is an independent, opinionated woman. People try to put you in this box—“She talks for Republicans,” “She talks for the Tea Party”—and I don’t. I talk for people like me, people whose voices aren’t out there, who really don’t have the money or resources
to be heard.

Rumor has it you’ve been flirting with a national PAC.
Actually, I just announced that I’m joining the board of ShePAC, which is specifically designed to help conservative women get elected. 

What will you be doing with ShePAC?
I’ll likely be traveling across the country, fundraising. You know, taking my story and explaining to the Republican Party that it’s the messengers that we have out there that are really hurting our party.

You’ve also been meeting with some Hollywood types lately. What’s that about?
Liberals pretty much have a monopoly on Hollywood. And conservatives of Hollywood are pretty much blacklisted if they come out. So there’s this ongoing idea, with some movers and shakers, where we find enough capital to purchase our own production company. Because the way it works—and conservatives aren’t plugged into that culture, so they don’t understand: you make a blockbuster like Lincoln—which maybe costs $65 million to make—and make billions. That money is then funneled back into the liberal side of Hollywood. We need to be doing the same thing: making movies and funneling that money into the conservative side of the culture.

Any thoughts on Battleground Texas?
[Sighs.] They’re here for a reason. It’s a battleground. Texas is not red; Texas is purple. The leadership in the Republican Party is not solid leadership, and the Democrats are going to take full advantage of that.

What are you running for next?
I haven’t decided to run for anything ever again. Too soon! Let me figure out where I’m supposed to be, and if I’m supposed to run for something in the future, I definitely will.


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