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Laura Moser (born August 30, 1977)[1] is an American author and politician, the founder of the anti-Trump resistance movement Daily Action. She was a candidate for the United States Congress in Texas's 7th congressional district for the Democratic Party.[2]

Laura Moser
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Personal details
Born (1977-08-30) August 30, 1977 (age 41)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationAmherst College (BA)

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Early life and educationEdit

Moser was born in Houston, Texas.[3] Her grandfather arrived in Houston in 1942 as a refugee from Nazi Germany.[4] She attended St. John's School and graduated from Amherst College in 1999.[1] She later worked in publishing at the Harvill Press in London before becoming a freelance journalist.[1]

Publications and careerEdit

Moser published her first book, an "efficient, compact" biography of the actress Bette Davis, in 2005.[5] With her friend Lauren Mechling, she co-authored a series of young adult novels about the experiences of a girl who moves from Houston to Brooklyn.[6]

She contributed to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and The Jewish Daily Forward. She worked as the education columnist at Slate, where she explored many areas of policy.[7]

Political involvementEdit

Following the 2016 United States presidential election, Moser founded an organization called Daily Action.[8] In 2017, she moved back to Texas's 7th congressional district to run for Congress in 2018.[9]

In February, 2018, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), citing concerns about Moser's electability in the general election, called attention to past controversial statements by Moser.[10] That DCCC action was condemned by DNC chair Tom Perez[11] as well as by Our Revolution, which endorsed Moser a few days later on March 1, 2018.[12]

In the Democratic primary on March 6, 2018, in a seven-candidate field, Moser earned 24.3% of the vote versus Lizzie Fletcher's 29.3%.[13]

In the runoff on May 22, Fletcher defeated Moser, 68% to 32%, becoming the official Democratic Party candidate in the November general election for the 7th Congressional district.[14] Moser urged her supporters to back Fletcher against Republican incumbent John Culberson.[15]

In the November 6 general election, Fletcher defeated Culberson by five percentage points (52.5% versus 47.5% of all votes.) [16]

Personal lifeEdit

Moser is married to Arun Chaudhary, who was the White House videographer for President Barack Obama.[17] Her brother is Benjamin Moser, a New York Times Book Review columnist.[18] She has two children.[18]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Jewish Women's Archive. "Laura Moser"". Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Diaz, Kevin (May 3, 2017). "In the age of Trump, Democrats zero in on a longtime GOP House seat". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Chandler, Michael Alison. "In desire to turn red states blue, D.C. women return to home towns to run for office". The Washington Post.
  4. ^ Moser, Laura. "From Freelance Writer to Congressional Candidate: My Unlikely Journey to the Front of the Resistance". Vogue. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Taylor, Catherine. "Reading, writing and the dramatic". The Guardian. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Kirchner, Renee. "The Rise and Fall of a 10th-Grade Social Climber". Teen Reads. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Moser, Laura. ""Schooled" blog". Slate. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Chandler, Michael Alison. "Capitol Hill mom directs thousands of anti-Trump activists with texts sent from her living room". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  9. ^ O'Keefe, Ed (June 25, 2017). "Democrats field a glut of House candidates in 2018 but remain divided on how to win". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Diaz, Kevin (May 4, 2018). "DCCC head stands by attack on Laura Moser in Democratic primary runoff with Lizzie Fletcher". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved May 26, 2018. As he has in the past, Lujan said the DCCC's move was about promoting what party officials see as the most electable candidate to challenge Seventh Congressional District Republican incumbent John Culberson in November...Meanwhile, the DCCC has backed away from formally endorsing Fletcher.
  11. ^ Greenwood, Max (March 3, 2018). "DNC chair questions House campaign arm's attack on progressive candidate". The Hill. I would have done it differently," he continued. "I think the DCCC has the ability to endorse in primaries, and they do that from time to time. But again, I would have done it differently."...The DCCC has framed Moser as an unelectable candidate in a critical race, pointing to concerns about her residency and accusations that her husband is improperly benefitting financially from her campaign. The Sanders-affiliated group called the DCCC's attacks "ridiculous.
  12. ^ Hagen, Lisa (March 1, 2018). "Sanders allies endorse Texas candidate attacked by DCCC". The Hill. Retrieved May 26, 2018. A progressive group allied with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) endorsed a Texas Democrat running in a crowded House primary on March 1, just days after House Democrats’ campaign arm targeted the candidate.
  13. ^ Texas Primary Election Results: Seventh House District, The New York Times, Jasmine C. Lee, Sarah Almukhtar & Matthew Bloch, March 7, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2018.
  14. ^ Sullivan, Sean; Weigel, Dave (May 23, 2018). "Lizzie Fletcher defeats Laura Moser in bitter Democratic primary in Texas". Washington Post. Retrieved May 26, 2018. Moser still made it into a runoff against Fletcher but was unable to build momentum during the next two months.
  15. ^ Talking Points Memo, May 22, 2018
  16. ^ Scherer, Jasper (November 7, 2018). "Lizzie Fletcher looks to legislate the way she won: in moderation". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 20, 2018. The primary in effect became a referendum on whether Democrats should oppose Culberson by whipping up the dormant part of their base or, by nominating Fletcher, pull in centrists and ex-Republicans. Tuesday's election results proved they could do both: In beating Culberson with more than 52 percent of the vote, Fletcher's winning coalition included right-leaning moderates, but also hardline progressives who turned out in droves to support Democrat Beto O'Rourke's turnout-driven Senate campaign.
  17. ^ Greenberg, David. "'First Cameraman: Documenting the Obama Presidency in Real Time,' by Arun Chaudhary". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  18. ^ a b McLaughlin, Kelly. "EXCLUSIVE - 'She's a very nice girl, she was just having a moment': Family of adorable toddler, who upstaged Obama with her White House tantrum, reveal how laid-back President took it in his stride". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 4, 2017.

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