Candidates in contentious congressional race at odds over Halloween kerfuffle

Democrat MJ Hegar is challenging veteran Republican Central Texas Congressman John Carter of Round Rock. (Campaign photo/Congressional photo)
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(KWTX) Two candidates in a contentious Central Texas congressional race are offering differing accounts of a Halloween night kerfuffle in Round Rock.

Democrat MJ Hegar, who’s challenging veteran U.S. Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock, says some of Carter’s supporters harassed her children as they trick-or-treated Wednesday night.

“My family was harassed by the Carter campaign while trick-or-treating tonight. This is exactly what's wrong with politics, and it's a reminder that we're ready for a change from politics as usual,” she said in a Tweet that included a short video that she says shows a truck displaying a Carter sign from which Carter’s supporters were throwing candy.

“It infuriated me and I went into to Mama Bear protection mode. I turned my back to them and they started throwing candy at the kids, not hard, but not soft,” Hegar said.

The Carter campaign called Hegar’s account “just another poor attempt…to gain attention for her failing campaign.”

“Last night, campaign staff and volunteers for congressman john carter’s campaign were canvassing their own and rep. carter's neighborhood passing out candy to children. At one point in the evening our team members encountered Hegar and her children. Our campaign and numerous independent eyewitnesses wholly disagree with Hegar’s accounting of the encounter,” the campaign said in a statement.

Hegar’s campaign against Carter in the district that encompasses Williamson County and most of Bell County, including Fort Hood, has attracted national attention during a year when Democrats and Republicans both are hoping to make gains on Capitol Hill.

She held a rally with supporters Thursday in Killeen, accompanied by U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, and Killeen City Councilwoman Shirley Fleming.

Hegar also lunched with veterans near Fort Hood.

Carter has represented the district that includes most of the post since 2003.