In an interview with WFMZ, Simmons explained why he is considering a challenge against Dent.
“Frankly, I have had enough of Charlie Dent attacking Republican policies and continuing his support of Obama’s failed policies. That’s why I’m moving strongly in this direction. Republican deserve a new voice in Congress,” Simmons said in the interview.
Simmons is serving his fourth term in the state House. He made headlines in 2016 when he ran for and won another term after promising in 2010 to serve only three terms.
Simmons had previously considered a run for Lieutenant Governor.
Dent is currently serving his sixth term in Congress, after winning an open primary in 2004 with 51.5% of the vote. Dent’s only primary challenge came during the 2010 Tea Party wave, where he defeated the challenger by 66 points.
Update: Dent responded to the Simmons’ statements by reiterating his focus on his job and the challenges Congress faces in the coming months.
“My focus remains solely on serving the people of the 15th District and making sure the important governance work we are facing in Congress gets done. We will confront many important challenges in Congress over the course of September including not defaulting on our nation’s obligations, providing disaster assistance to the people of Texas and preventing a government shutdown. These are the issues of concern that have my attention at this point in time,” Dent said in an email.