By Matthew Tresaugue
November was a good month for U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady. After nearly two decades in the House, The Woodlands Republican became chairman of the powerful committee that writes tax policy. He also saw the opening of a new Veterans Affairs clinic within his 8th Congressional District, a project that he had shepherded through federal bureaucracy over the years.
But November ended. And now Brady, who would seem to be at the pinnacle of his career, is facing what could be his toughest campaign, against a former Texas House member trying to entice far-right voters with a message of undiluted conservatism.