Friday, June 21, 2019

#TXLEGE: HD 135 candidates a TEXTBOOK example of why the Texas GOP is losing

"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

HD-135 is a historically Republican district in Northwest Harris County that (barely) flipped blue in 2018.

The Texan has a write up of the candidates currently running for the Republican nomination.


Meet Justin Ray:
Republican candidate Justin Ray, was elected to the Jersey Village City Council in 2012, and in 2015 was elected as the youngest Mayor in city history. A life-long resident of Jersey Village, the only city in the district, Ray says he’s watched the area evolve from “suburban to urban-suburban.”

When asked by The Texan what he thought was needed for the GOP to reclaim HD 135, Ray emphasized appropriate messaging and hard work.

“We must articulate a Republican message that resonates with our 2020 voters, including younger voters and suburban moms.” Ray added that a priority issue for his campaign would be support for public education, which he says is the number one issue for families in his district. “I am uniquely situated to understand what voters and families in the area want.”


Ray has been cultivating support from other elected officials in the area, and the host committee for a recent Justin Ray fundraiser included trustees from both Cypress-Fairbanks ISD and the Harris County Board of Education, as well as Jersey Village city council members and the city’s current mayor.

[Note: Emphasis added.]
Justin Ray is a standard educrat candidate.  He'll be a mouthpiece for the Cy-Fair ISD bureaucracy.  His campaign website is short on specifics beyond throwing money at public education.

Fun facts about Cy-Fair ISD:
  • Superintendent Salary -- "Superintendent John Henry of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District took home the largest paycheck in Texas with his base salary of $406,484, according to 2017-2018 salary data from the Texas Education Agency.
  • Debt Outstanding per student -- $21,062.
  • Debt approved, not yet issued -- $1,762,000,000. [Note: That's almost another $2 BILLION]
Cy-Fair ISD is about to have $4 Billion in debt outstanding...and Justin Ray is running to be their man in Austin.

As for the so-called "Harris County Board of Education": It's a superfluous layer of government that should have been abolished decades ago.

Even with all that, however, Justin Ray might still be the less bad candidate in this race.


Young Conservatives of Texas Denounce Mark McCaig

Austin, TX—Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) today denounced the activities of former YCT member Mark McCaig and demanded that he stop using the organization’s name to attack conservative candidates. McCaig, who recently joined the personal injury law firm of ultra-liberal Democrat super funder Steve Mostyn, has launched a deceptively named–PAC called Conservative Voters of Texas and is using the PAC and his credentials as a former member of YCT to attack conservative members of the Legislature.

“Mark McCaig has sold his conservative credentials to the highest bidder—in this case liberal Democrat Steve Mostyn,” said Jeff Morris, YCT State Chairman. “No true conservative would work for the man who spent $10 million last election cycle working to defeat conservative candidates across Texas and who has hosted fundraisers with Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi in his own home. We are outraged by McCaig’s deception and his continued use of his past membership in YCT membership to bolster his attacks on conservative legislators. We will make sure that conservative voters are informed of his efforts to deceive them.”

Mostyn, the past President of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, spent millions against Gov. Rick Perry in the last election cycle and has donated a million dollars to Harris County Democrats. Mostyn is also the largest funder of Texans for Insurance Reform, a trial lawyer front group that opposes conservative candidates.

“Mark McCaig may claim to be a conservative and may have once been a YCT member years ago, but his conservative credentials dissolved the minute he sold out to his new boss,” said Tony McDonald, YCT Senior Vice Chairman. “Conservative voters should not be fooled by his rhetoric about ‘conservative principles.’ He is, and always has been, only concerned with reversing the conservative lawsuit reforms passed by Republicans over the last decade.”
 You can learn more about Mark McCaig here, here, and here.

McCaig's now calling himself the principled conservative in the race, a declaration that's laughable to anyone whose memory extends past five years.


Bottom Line: That the primary for one of the most winnable Texas house races anywhere in the state features an educrat mouthpiece running against a trial lawyer mouthpiece tells you everything you need to know about the status of the so-called "conservative" party.

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