The only Christian in the Texas House is once again proud to be honored by Texas Monthly!
For Immediate Release Contact: Ellen Troxclair
December 18, 2009 (512)463-0556
Christian Proud to Again be a Target of Liberal Media
Center, TX – As a strong voice in the conservative movement and the President of the Texas Conservative Coalition, Representative Wayne Christian (R-Center) is a favorite target for liberal, Austin-based publications like Texas Monthly. So, it comes as no surprise that he has been named a “bum steer” of 2010.
“The fact that I have been a constant target of this far-left publication means that I am doing something right for the conservative movement,” commented Rep. Christian. “These awards are an easy way for editors to pick on legislators who don’t align with their liberal ideologies. I am proud to be their adversary.”
Rep. Christian has been consistently recognized for his protection of free markets, support of private property rights, commitment to responsible government spending, and promotion of family and faith focused legislation.
This past session, he supported Representative Mike Hamilton’s amendment that strengthened the private property rights of coastal citizens whose houses had been destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Residents were faced with fighting off seizure of their land by the government because of the overreaching interpretation of Texas’ beach laws. Contrary to the report in Texas Monthly, this so called “stealth” amendment was filed on May 6th, weeks prior to its passage.
Rep. Christian continued, “As an outspoken advocate for private property rights, it would be unnatural for me not to take a stance on this issue. I do believe that all Texas residents have a right to access our public beaches, but that doesn’t mean that the government should have a free-for-all seizure of private land every time we endure a natural disaster. There must be a balance.”
Earlier this year, Texas Monthly honored Rep. Christian by naming him one of the “worst legislators.” Editors criticized his “socially conservative playbook,” which included carrying legislation to abolish property taxes, require drug tests in order to receive state aid, eliminate scholarships for illegal aliens, and protect private property rights.
Meanwhile, Rep. Christian has received numerous accolades from conservative organizations. Recent awards include being named Legislator of the Year by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a Patriot of the Constitution by the Founder’s Alliance (a national organization that grew from the East Texas tea party movement), Taxpayer Hero by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Most Conservative by the Texas Eagle Forum, a Conservative Leader by the Heritage Alliance, receiving a perfect score from the Texas Association of Business, and a 100% Conservative Voting Record from Texas Insider.
“What’s important to me is that I represent the ideals of the residents from my district, whether magazine editors like it or not,” said Rep. Christian. “The constant encouragement from constituents and conservative organizations alike motivates me to continue to represent the values of the conservative movement.”