Local analyst weighs in on Dan McQueen senate race dropout

Another surprise move by former Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen came Friday when he announced that he was no longer running for U.S. Senate.

CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Another surprise move by former Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen came Friday when he announced that he was no longer running for U.S. Senate.

McQueen, who was elected Mayor of Corpus Christi last year but only held the position for 37 days, announced earlier this year that he intended to run for U.S. Senate against Ted Cruz but will now instead support candidate Bruce Jacobson.

"I'm actually a little surprised that Mr. McQueen dropped out of the senate race," said Bill Chriss, local political analyst.

Chriss believes McQueen won Corpus Christi mayor as a protest vote and might have applied the same thinking to a Senate run.

"Cruz sort of made an enemy of President Trump in primaries so maybe McQueen was thinking he'd pick up some of those anti-Cruz pro-Trump supporters in the primary," Chriss said.

McQueen previously held an essay and rib contest to raise money for his senate campaign claiming the winner could own his 12,000 square foot building near City Hall if they paid $250 and offered up a short rib recipe. 

Chriss said McQueen has capitalized on a new way of gaining support in political roles. 

"I think what we're witnessing is nothing less than a revolution of political advertising and political messaging in a form of social media," said Chriss.

Chriss believes the Coastal Bend will see another McQueen political headline in the near future.

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