The Democratic candidate for the District 19 Congressional seat, Neal Marchbanks, has called on the incumbent Republican Randy Neugebauer to support what he calls a no-strings attached commitment to support re-opening the government and preventing a default.
Marchbanks said that the people of West Texas are tired of the fighting in Washington, and Congressman Neugebauer has been in Congress long enough to know better.
"Far too long to be ignorant of the consequences of this disastrous stunt in which irresponsible members of Congress are currently engaged," Marchbanks said. "The crisis we are in is occurring because a minority faction in one House of Congress cannot get their own way."
On Thursday, Lubbock surgeon Dr. Donald May will announce his candidacy as a Republican for the Congressional seat.
Another possible candidate is Texas Tech regent and Lubbock Bank Executive John Steinmetz.