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Running in the Footsteps of George H.W. Bush

In the Where Are They Now Department:

Probably very few Marylanders remember a guy named Tom DeVor. In 2002, as a 28-year-old Bethesda resident and operative with the Republican National Committee, he challenged then-state Sen. Brian E. Frosh (D-Montgomery), now the state attorney general. He received about 28 percent of the vote.

Now, just a few days after the 2018 election, the very same Tom DeVor, older and presumably wiser, has declared his candidacy for Congress in 2020 — in Texas’ 7th District, based in Houston. DeVor has lived in Texas for several years.

Opportunity knocked for DeVor — and presumably for other Republicans — on Election Day, when the district’s longtime Republican congressman, John Culberson, was defeated by attorney Lizzie Pannell Fletcher, a Democrat. Culberson had served since 2000, but his district was one of many that has been trending Democratic and finally flipped.

“I love the Congressman and hope to make him proud,” DeVor wrote on Twitter when he filed his candidacy papers on Nov. 16. “However, I am not a big fan of . True Republicans will make the country better.”

Whether DeVor, a sales account manager, is the man to win the district back for the GOP — or whether anyone can — is very much an open question. When the district as currently constituted was initially drawn in the mid-1960s, its first member of Congress was a Texas oilman and Republican activist named … George Herbert Walker Bush.

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