HOUSTON – Their connection started with a controversy, but US Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw is offering support to "Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson after the comedian shared a troubling Instagram post.
Davidson recently posted on Instagram, "I really don't want to be on this earth anymore."
It was seen as a possible call for help from the man who has talked openly about his borderline personality disorder.
Congressman-Elect Crenshaw was one those who reached out to offer words of support.
Crenshaw told KPRC2 he talked to the "SNL" star Sunday.
"I told him everyone had a purpose in this world," Crenshaw said. "God put you here for a reason. It's your job to find that purpose. And you should live that way."
It was unusual because it was just last month that Davidson made fun of Crenshaw on "Saturday Night Live," a moment he later apologized for in person to Crenshaw during a cameo appearance.
Crenshaw talks about the phone call he made to Davidson and much more in this week's "Houston Newsmakers Extra."
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Responding to what appeared to be a call for help from comedian Pete Davidson, @DanCrenshawTX with me for #HouNewsmakers EXTRA talks about his response and phone call. https://t.co/BRiFwhBjD8 pic.twitter.com/GpqlUCPXpw— Khambrel Marshall (@KPRC2Khambrel) December 17, 2018
Crenshaw defies the odds to win, fulfills goal to represent
Dan Crenshaw was not supposed to win. When U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R) announced he would retire, nine people threw their hats into the Republican primary ring, including a 1st term state representative and a party activist who spent millions on her primary campaign. She finished third behind the political novice Crenshaw, who went on to beat State Rep. Kevin Roberts in the run-off and Democrat Todd Litton in November.
Crenshaw is now the Congressman-Elect for the 2nd Congressional District and on this week's "Houston Newsmakers Extra" says his election plan did not include a Plan B. It was all or nothing. One of his goals in Congress is to change the harsh partisan environment by helping to change the tone.
"Everybody overstates their position so much that it's causing serious rifts in our society," he told KPRC2's Khambrel Marshall.
'SNL' brings on congressman-elect to get apology from Pete Davidson
In what was a moving moment for many fans, the pair shook hands and reflected on the controversy.
After Davidson thanked him for coming on the show, the soon-to-be congressman jokingly responded, "Thanks for making a Republican look good."
Crenshaw said he reached out to Davidson, even though they "don't go back very far."
"We're not good friends," Crenshaw told KPRC2. "But I think he appreciated hearing from me."
The man whom Davidson called a "war hero" said he told the actor, "Know you have value."
"Especially a guy like that," Crenshaw told the station. "Sometimes he makes people laugh. Sometimes he makes people mad. But he makes people laugh a lot. It was a good conversation."