Will Hurd isn’t inclined to get bogged down in old disappointments. Years of work as a CIA case officer in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India rarely afforded him that luxury.
But Hurd, 34, is savvy enough to know that he could very easily be spending this summer doing what Francisco “Quico” Canseco is doing: preparing to defend his District 23 Congressional seat. Instead, Hurd is working as a consultant for the DC-based Crumpton Group, a financial advisory firm stocked with former intelligence officers who trade on their international expertise.
Two years ago, the Marshall High School grad looked like the next big thing in South Texas Republican politics. He stood out for a number of reasons: his youth; his CIA pedigree; his memorable stint as student body president at Texas A&M University during the school’s 1999 bonfire tragedy; his charismatic assurance; and the fact that he’s an African American in a party that generates minimal support from African American voters. These days, however, he sounds like someone whose appetite for politics has been sated, possibly for good.