Rick Noriega says John Cornyn is out of touch

Sunday afternoon, Noriega delivered a 'stump' speech, literally, at a public rally at Tyler's Bergfeld Park.  Noriega is vying for Senator John Cornyn's seat in the US Senate Chamber.

From a tree stump, Noriega spoke on healthcare, the war, and the need for more sources of energy.  He said his opponent is "out of touch," especially when it comes to issue No. 1: the economy.

"So many Texans, right now, if they got $4 in their pocket, they've got to decide if they're going to spend it on a gallon of gas, or a gallon of milk," said Noriega.  "In the State House, I had the good fortune of being able to work in a bipartisan way to get things done, fighting for the people of the State of Texas.  It's time we had that leadership in Washington, D.C."  Noriega represents residents from the 145th district in the State House of Representatives.  He also spent some time in the Lindale area at a fundraiser hosted by friends and supporters.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  llivingston@kltv.com