Alarming read from Empower Texans:
The Democrats have a new tactic to advance their radical ideology: target non-partisan races. Municipal elections in Texas are non-partisan and traditionally experience single digit voter-turnout. Low turnout and the lack of party identification make voters less likely to screen candidates on the basis of political philosophy or ideology. As a result, many of these elections field some of the most ardent left-wing candidates to assume elected office in our conservative state.
Out west, in Midland, Democratic activist John James is building his resume; running for Mayor of the Tall City after having served two terms on the Midland City Council. According to his rhetoric and campaign literature, James is branding himself as a “Strong Fiscal Conservative” hoping that voters in Midland assume he is a conservative Republican. He has said himself that, “partisanship doesn’t matter in a non-partisan election” and as such has refused to publicly reveal any partisan leanings.
As a result, most Midland voters are unaware of James’ multiple Democratic credentials. Over the last 12 years, James donated over $10,000 to Democratic candidates or organizations. From 2004-2008, James served on the State Democratic Executive Committee. James supported John Kerry in his bid for President against Midland’s favorite son, George W. Bush. James is also quoted by the Midland Reporter-Telegram, in reference to a Democratic victory in neighboring Ector County, that, “I’m convinced that Texas is going to get back into the ‘Blue’ column one race at a time.”
Perhaps Mr. James views his Mayoral race as the catalyst in this process? Beyond question, James’ victory would be portrayed as a victory for Democrats. Imagine the headline: “Democratic activist wins Mayoral seat in Bush’s hometown.” This is a major strategic play on behalf of the effort to Turn Texas Blue.
Candidates who claim conservative values and defend past service to the Democratic Party have some serious explaining to do to principled conservative voters.Read the whole thing here.
Concerned Readers Can Lobby the Midland Reporter-Telegram: