Texas Campaign Worker Fired After Exchange With Homeowner Goes Viral

A paid worker for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign said she lost her job after an exchange she had with a homeowner went viral.

Video posted to Twitter by Dr James Whitfield captured the encounter with Monique Dawson, who worked as a canvasser for the Abbott campaign. In the video, Monique waits for Whitfield to answer the door in the Dallas suburb of Hurst, and asks him if he plans on supporting the encumbent governor in the upcoming state election.

Whitfield responds, “Absolutely not,” and Dawson bursts out laughing.

She is seen shrugging and saying, “Everybody’s gotta have a job.”

Whitfield, who said he is supporting Beto O’Rourke for governor, posted the footage to Twitter on June 3.

“I just saw the look on his face and it was pure amusement,” Dawson wrote in a repost on Twitter the next day. “I couldn’t hold in my laugh to save my life, and they fired me.”

In a GoFundMe page titled “Social media cost me my job,” Dawson claimed she had been fired as a result of the viral video and was asking for financial help, as the job was her only source of income.

As of June 8, the GoFundMe had raised more than $29,000. Credit: Dr James Whitfield via Storyful

Video transcript

[DOOR BELL RINGING]

MONIQUE DAWSON: Hi.

JAMES WHITFIELD: Hi.

MONIQUE DAWSON: Are you Mr. Whitfield?

JAMES WHITFIELD: Yes.

MONIQUE DAWSON: I'm out volunteering for Greg Abbott and we wanted to know if we can count on your support for this upcoming election?

JAMES WHITFIELD: Absolutely not.

[LAUGHTER]

MONIQUE DAWSON: Everybody got to have a job, sir.

[LAUGHTER]

Thank you.

JAMES WHITFIELD: Thank you.

MONIQUE DAWSON: For your support or not support.

JAMES WHITFIELD: Thank you, I appreciate you.

MONIQUE DAWSON: Bye bye.

JAMES WHITFIELD: Have a good one.

MONIQUE DAWSON: OK. He said absolutely not.

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