Friday, February 19, 2016
Our FINAL Round of 2016 Primary Endorsements
"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
[Author's Note: You can see our first round of endorsements here and our second round here.]
With election day 11 days away, we make the following endorsements:
Ray Wheless, Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2:
We've previously discussed this race. In Texas, there is a separate judicial track for civil and criminal cases. The Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest criminal court in Texas and is the equivalent of the Texas Supreme Court.
We first became interested in this race when we realized that the corrupt judge whose unethical activities led to his recusal in the Ken Paxton case was one of the three candidates. That candidate is a disgrace to the legal profession against whom we've filed a complaint with the state commission on judicial conduct. We've heard conflicting reports about the second candidate, but at best nothing excites us.
Ray Wheless spoke at the Central Texas Republican Assembly's November meeting. We were impressed by his knowledge and legal acumen. Judge Wheless is from Collin County, where he has held a variety of judicial positions.
UNITED STATES HOUSE
Anyone but Pete, CD-32:
documented our differences with Pete Sessions over the years. As a member of House leadership, Pete Sessions has been a key player in every Republican betrayal we've seen out of D.C. in the Obama era. As recently as December, Pete Sessions voted for a grotesque spending bill.
In addition to his awful actions on policy related matters, Pete Sessions is also a RAGING jerk; in many ways, Pete Session is the Byron Cook of the United States House of Representatives.
We've heard good things about all of the challengers. We haven't had an opportunity to differentiate them in an detail, but against Pete Session it doesn't matter. #NoRePete.
Jess Fields, HD-14:
Jess Fields is a prominent supporter of the liberty cities movement. Liberty cities are a creative solution that undermines big city governments. We like creative solutions that undermine big government.
Unfortunately, he's a dirty stinking Aggie, but that's probably an advantage in a district that includes College Station.
Shawn Dick, District Attorney:
with whom we've had issues for many years. This is the DA that tried to lock up some kid for life over a couple pot brownies and suppressed evidence in a capital murder case. We've also heard from folks in the WillCo legal community that lower profile abuses happen every day in that office.
In addition to his time as a prosecutor, Shawn Dick has also worked as a defense attorney. When someone is making decisions that could take away someone else's freedom, we think it's a good thing for that person to have been on the other side of the courtroom. Speaking of the disgraceful incumbent, she actually had the nerve to attack him over this.
A vote for Shawn Dick is a vote for basic ethics and integrity in a critically important office.
Bill Kelberlau, Sheriff:
a TREMENDOUS amount of authority to stop the Federal government from enforcing unconstitutional laws. Milwaukee County (Wisconsin) Sheriff David Clarke is probably the highest profile constitutional sheriff today.
Bill grew up in South Texas and spent 30 years in the Navy in a variety of sensitive position. That background leaves him well-prepared for the challenges he will face in law enforcement. Bill Kelberlau also testified at Don Zimmerman's Austin City Council hearing on Syrian 'refugees' and, considering that a sliver of Austin extends into Willco, having Bill Kelberlau around to drive the Austin City Council NUTS is worth the price of admission all by itself.
When Donald Trump comes for our guns, Williamson County is going to want Bill Kelberlau as Sheriff.
Jason Nassour, Commissioner's Court (Precinct 3):
was a loud and prominent supporter of the Courthouse bond on the Commissioner's Court. That right there should tell you something. Why was the lone REPUBLICAN on the commissioner's court loudly supporting a $300 million boondoggle that would only benefit rich downtown lawyers?!? But it gets worse. He's recently taken a number of other screwy votes. We've also discovered recently that he's given money to Kirk Watson. The incumbent is a good guy, but he's clearly been working in government for too long.
Jason Nassour, by contrast, is an entrepreneur who owns several well known local radio stations. A newcomer to politics, Nassour was motivated to run for office by the incumbent's support for the Courthouse bond. Jason Nassour wants to sell all county property within the city limits and use the proceeds to build a new multi-use county facility FOR CASH in an unincorporated area. Have we mentioned we like creative solutions?!?
The debate last month between Jason Nassour and the incumbent speaks for itself, you can view it for yourself here.
James Dickey, Travis County Republican Party Chairman:
actually has more precinct chairs at the moment than the D's.
With a property tax revolt and an affordability crisis at hand, the issue environment favors conservative solutions in an obvious way. We've had discussions with James Dickey about specific ways to address these issues, and we intend to ramp up those discussions after March 1st. Why mess with a good thing?!?
One note about James' challenger: Robert Morrow is a friend and patriot. He does valuable work in the areas to which his talents are suited. The job of county chairman, however, is a poor match for Robert's strong suits.