Power Trip

Can a Viral Video Help Democrats Grab a House Seat in Deep-Red Central Texas?

Afghan war vet MJ Hegar tiptoes through a political minefield

Tom Bartlett
GEN
Published in
10 min readOct 12, 2018

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Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/Getty

TThe 3.5-minute video that tells the life story of Mary Jennings Hegar shifts seamlessly from suburban dining room to Afghan battlefield to the halls of Congress. The Steadicam…

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Tom Bartlett
GEN
Writer for

Tom lives in Austin, Texas. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Texas Monthly, Politico, and elsewhere. He writes and edits for the Chronicle Review.