September 15, 2020

For Immediate Release

Communications Director: Jack Doyle

Sri Kulkarni Launches First TV Ad: ‘Patriotism’

Kulkarni’s first TV ad highlights his service to our country, importance of trusting science over politics

Sugar Land, TX — Today, national security expert Sri Preston Kulkarni launched his first TV ad in the race for Texas’s toss-up 22nd Congressional District. The ad, “Patriotism,” highlights Kulkarni’s lifetime of public service and his commitment to putting politics aside and relying on science to overcome the coronavirus.

While his opponent called mask mandates “un-American” and downplayed the virus in April, Kulkarni has refused to play political games with Texans’ lives, focusing instead on how we can solve our communities’ toughest problems.

“Patriotism” begins airing today on broadcast and cable as part of a seven-figure buy in the Houston media market.

“Voters across the district are going to see more about Sri’s life of public service and his commitment to taking politics out of the pandemic while supporting Texas small businesses so we can get back to work safely,” said Sri 2020 campaign manager Allen Chen. “This is in stark contrast to Troy Nehls, who downplayed the virus and called mask mandates ‘un-American,’ playing politics with peoples’ lives. Texans are ready to move beyond partisan games, they’ve been waiting for a candidate like Sri.”


Patriotism is in my blood.

My family’s service goes back to my great uncle Sam Houston and I served 14 years overseas.

Patriotism means never, never playing political games with people’s lives.

As we battle this pandemic together we need to follow the science

get our doctors and nurses the protective gear they need 

and help our small businesses keep their doors open.

Enough with the politics. It’s time to solve problems.

I’m Sri Preston Kulkarni and I approve this message.


Sri Preston Kulkarni is the son of an Indian immigrant father and a mother whose family descends from Sam Houston. Kulkarni is a former Foreign Service Officer who served fourteen years overseas in places like Iraq, Russia, and Jerusalem, and as a former Defense, Foreign Policy and Veteran Affairs Advisor to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) before deciding to leave the foreign service and return home to run for Congress in 2018.

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