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Monique Worthy: ‘You don’t see real conservatives like me in Congress’


Trish Choate


Wichita Falls Times Record News
Published 6:52 PM EST Feb 1, 2020
Monique Worthy is a Republican candidate for the 13th Congressional District.
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Republican congressional candidate Monique Worthy was in solitary confinement in jail when she found conservatism. 

Worthy was searching the AM band for gospel music, but, instead, she discovered conservative talk radio in the form of The Mark Levin Show. And that was it. 

“That’s what turned me into a conservative,” Worthy, 30, said. “I went in jail supporting Obama. I came out of jail supporting McCain.”

The late Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain challenged former President Barack Obama for the White House in 2008. 

Worthy is outspoken about her conservative beliefs, her history as a convicted felon — “I was a thief” — and her LGBTQ identity. She is almost certainly the first black, transgender woman to run for the 13th Congressional District.  

But that is not what she has built her platform on. 

Republican Monique Worthy, center, took a selfie with Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle on Oct. 3, 2018, during a Wichita Falls event in support of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s re-election.
Courtesy/Monique Worthy for Congress campaign

Not an establishment candidate

“I’m not running as LGBT. I’m not running as black. I’m not running as none of that where they try to group you in one group,” Worthy said during an interview.

She said she is the type of candidate who is best for the job. 

“Establishment candidates are not best for the job because we have those already,” she said. “Perfect candidates, they get us nowhere.”

Worthy added, “Time to shake some shit up, up there.” 

She said voters will figure her out soon enough.

“I get some detractors,” she said. “A lot of people love me more when they find out. … Everybody is like, ‘That makes you even better for the party.’ “

Worthy said she tells people she is a win-win situation for the GOP.

“As long as you love this country and want to do what’s right for this country, stand by our Constitution — which has led the country down all these years, that’s all we need, unabated,” Worthy said.  

What she stands for

Out of work for now, she runs her campaign on a shoestring budget and accepts donations through her website, www.moniqueworthy.com.

The site’s home page shows a selfie of her, Donald Trump Jr. and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle. She has other photos of herself with conservatives including Wichita Falls City Council member Steve Jackson and Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott. 

Worthy’s campaign materials include a photocopied flyer telling voters she was a delegate to the 2018 Texas Republican convention and is a right-to-lifer.

She will defend the Second Amendment, school choice, health-care choice, the military, veterans and the border, according to the flyer. Worthy opposes illegal immigration, military cuts and tax hikes. 

“You don’t see real conservatives like me in Congress,” she said.

What sets her apart

Worthy believes her life experiences set her apart from the 14 other Republicans and three Democrats running in the March 3 primaries.

U.S. Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Clarendon, now holds the 13th CD seat. He is retiring from Congress in January 2021.  

Monique Worthy has filed as a Republican candidate in the race for Mac Thornberry’s seat in the 13th Congressional District.
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“Every door I’m knocking on of these regular people, they’re like, ‘You know what, we need somebody like you because Congress is full of the millionaires, the college-educated, the military background types, and yet we are still in the situation we have been in,’ ” Worthy said. 

She was born in Wichita Falls, grew up in Fort Worth, graduated from the Tulsa Jobs Corps Center and then started getting in trouble with the law in Wichita Falls.

Why she turned things around

Worthy graduated with a GED and had training in business office technologies and word processing, she said. She did not want to work at a fast food restaurant. 

“While I was out looking for other jobs, I still had needs,” Worthy said. “So I started going to stores and taking stuff.” 

She recalled being in a Wichita County courtroom with a judge who told her, “If I see you in my courtroom one more time, I won’t be so lenient on you.”

She thanked God for the leniency. 

“They could have thrown the book at me,” Worthy said. “After a certain amount of misdemeanors, they enhance it to a felony, and that’s what happened in my case.”

She pleaded guilty to felony theft charges twice, serving 183 days in jail in 2009 and 98 days in jail in 2008, according to court records. Both offenses she was convicted of occurred in 2008. 

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After what the judge told her, Worthy turned things around, she said.

For the last five years, she worked in quality assurance at Tyson Foods in Vernon, driving back and forth daily from Wichita Falls, Worthy said. 

She got fired but successfully made her case to collect unemployment, and she is job hunting, she said. 

“I’m looking for anything that will accept me and my background,” Worthy said.

She had already been thinking of making a bid for the 13th CD seat when Thornberry announced his retirement. 

“I was like, that ain’t nobody but God telling me, ‘Listen you got one of two choices. You can run or you can stay put.’ I was like, I’m going to run,” Worthy said. 

An entertaining speaker, Worthy said she thinks the world needs more laughter and love. 

“If the world was left up to Democrats and leftists, Lord, we’d all be running around here all dreary and stuff,” Worthy said. 

Trish Choate, enterprise watchdog reporter for the Times Record News, covers education, courts, breaking news, politics and more. She loves getting news tips. If you have a good one, contact Trish at tchoate@gannett.com. Her Twitter handle is @Trishapedia

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