"New Congressman sees Trump’s tariff views " by: Mike Reddell

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George Harrison, left, discusses issues with U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud (R) Victoria, at a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week.

   Michael Cloud made his first appearance in Bay City after he was sworn into office July 10 as the U.S. Representative of the 27th Congressional District.
   With 55 percent of the vote, Cloud beat a nine-person race in a June 30 special election to fill the unexpired term of former Congressman Blake Farenthold (R) Corpus Christi. 
   “It’s good to be back in the great state of Texas,” Cloud, former chairman of the Victoria County GOP, told a Bay City Chamber of Commerce luncheon audience Thursday, Aug. 2.
   “I’m anxious to get started,” Cloud said, adding that “I never imagined running until a year and a half ago.
   “I wasn’t sworn in five minutes before considering my first bill. Usually, you have a few weeks to catch up” after an election.
   Cloud’s special election victory puts him in the Congressional office temporarily until the winner of Nov. 6 general election takes office.
   In that race – the fourth election related to the 27th District post in eight months – Cloud will face Democratic challenger Eric Holguin and Libertarian hopeful Daniel Tinus of Bay City.
   Cloud said one of his first challenges is rebuilding the Congressional office’s data file.
   “So, please reach out to me about projects,” he said.
   He was asked about FEMA assistance in Matagorda County and he said, “When you work on FEMA, you run into cash flow.
   “We’ll do what we can to get things moving.”

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