Tuesday, September 10, 2019

If Fallon's Serious

"He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much."
Luke 16:10

Today, State Senator Pat Fallon (R-Prosper) said he would explore challenging incumbent Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Fallon said he would launch an exploratory committee, and told The Texan, “I want to have an open and honest conversation with GOP primary voters to see if there is a groundswell of support for a primary challenge for U.S. Senate.”

A former Frisco City Council member, Fallon was elected to the Texas State House in 2012. He served there until 2017 when he announced he would challenge incumbent Sen. Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) in the Republican primary.
This is mostly good.

Obviously, John Cornyn's a terrible U.S. Senator.  Equally obvious, despite being terrible, John Cornyn's never received a credible primary challenge.  So, good on Pat Fallon for positioning himself to run a credible campaign.

Two cheers.


While Fallon has been historically one of the more conservative members of the legislature, with the exception of his vote for Scott Turner in 2015, he's tended to talk a bigger game than he's delivered.

It's unclear if, as a U.S. Senator, Fallon merely intends to vote more conservatively than Cornyn, or whether he's going to push the envelope.


Pat Fallon is a sitting member of the Texas Senate.  It just so happens to be the case that the current presiding officer of that chamber has recently taken up the cause of gun control.  We desperately need a sitting TEXAS senator to lead that fight against the Lt. Governor.

If Fallon were to be that Texas Senator, the case for his own promotion to the U.S. Senate would grow infinitely stronger.

Furthermore, it just so happens to be the case that the Lt. Governor in question is supporting Cornyn.

So Pat Fallon has nothing to lose.

Bottom Line: Words on the campaign trail are cheap, but Pat Fallon's current position will offer plenty of opportunity to demonstrate action in the coming months.

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