Category Archives: HD-52

Strama & Maldonado & Rose & Obama: Wrong for Texas

Liberal Democratic Reps. Mark Strama, Diana Maldonado and Patrick Rose are having trouble hiding from the voters their liberal pasts and voting records thanks to strong Republican challengers Patrick McGuinness, Larry Gonzales and Jason Isaac.

The Republican challengers are running strong campaigns putting the incumbent Democrats on the defensive.

Patrick McGuinness is hammering Mark Strama in HD-50 for supporting President Obama and his liberal policies, remind you of someone else running for office trying to hide his liberal past?

Republican challenger Jason Isaac is attacking Patrick Rose in HD-45 for supporting liberal policies and voting for tax increases.

Last but not least Republican challenger Larry Gonzales is running a text book campaign against Diana Maldonado in HD-52.  Here Gonzales takes it to Maldonado for flip flopping.

Diana’s Flip Flop

Maldonado Metamorphosis: From Capitol Chubber to Campaign Conservative
Liberal Flip-flops on Voter ID

Williamson County – How do you know we are just five days away from the start of voting? Liberal Democrat Diana Maldonado announced last night she supports requiring a photo ID to vote, despite stating just 5 days earlier at a forum she was opposed to voter ID and last session participated in a five-day delay of the House Calendar that killed the photo ID bill.

In a forum hosted by the Greater Round Rock West Neighborhood Association, Maldonado said, “I am for voter identification where it does have a picture, let’s do that.” Emphasising her point, she said later, “Sure let’s put a picture on it.”
But according to the Austin American-Statesman, at the forum hosted by the Round Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on October 8th, “Maldonado compared asking voters for more identification, than what is currently required, to police officers asking for more identification when they pull over drivers.”
“Diana’s desperate flip-flop on voter ID doesn’t change the fact she helped kill that bill, and dozens of other bills last session including a bill to require background checks of childcare providers who receive state money,” said Gonzales. “She literally put politics ahead of the safety of our children to kill a bill she now says she supports. It’s just pathetic political pandering.”

Please support these great Republican challengers with your money and more importantly your time these next 20 days!  Check out their respective campaign websites for volunteer opportunities.

Democrats Hiring Paid Block Walkers

Numerous polls in Texas show a large intensity gap between the Republicans and Democrats.  What does this mean on a grassroots level for local campaigns in Texas?

It means that the Democrats up and down the ballot are in general having trouble finding grassroots volunteers to do the important campaign work that is traditionally done by unpaid volunteers, like block walking and phone banking.

Last month the story broke that one term incumbent Democrat Texas State Representative Diana Maldonado (HD-52, Williamson County) was seeking paid block walkers on Craigslist.

Now another Texas Democrat campaign is hiring paid block walkers in the “North Dallas” area.  The following advertisement was found on the Democrat job posting website, Democratic GAIN.

The job advertisement also appears on Craigslist.

Any guess on what failed Democratic campaign this is for in the “North Dallas Area.”

The Successful RINO Hunt of 2010

Blue Dot Blues sums up the 2010 Texas House Republican Primary below.

How, if at all, will this effect the Speakers race? Especially if a couple more conservatives like Paul Workman in HD-47 and Larry Gonzales in HD-52 defeat vulnerable Democrat incumbents.

Picture courtesy of The Underground Conservative

The successful RINO hunt of 2010

Via my friend Will:

2010: The Year we threw RINOs out of the Texas House.

Goodbye, so long to Delwin Jones, Tommy Merritt, and Brian McCall.  We knew ye far too well.

A big welcome to Charles Perry, David Simpson, and Van Taylor.

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HD-52 Candidate Preview, Stephen Casey

Yesterday we looked at Larry Gonzales who is running the in the Republican primary for HD-52.  Today we will take a look at another Republican HD-52 candidate, Stephen Casey.

The four Republican candidates are,

Larry Gonzales
Stephen Casey
John Gordon
Alyssa Eacono (If anyone knows what Alyssa’s campaign website is please pass it along)

The Williamson County Republican Assembly is having an HD-52 GOP Candidates forum on Jan. 19th.  Go hear from the candidates yourself and make up your own mind.  For more information on the forum visit the WilCoRA website.


Round Rock, TX – Stephen Casey today filed for the Republican nomination for Texas House District 52.  Casey has been campaigning for the nomination since March of 2009 and has talked with thousands of voters throughout the district from Round Rock to Taylor and everywhere in between.  He is running on a platform of servant leadership that is caring, conservative and common sense.

“We have many conservatives in Texas, yet a shortage of servant leaders,” Casey said.  “Asking voters ‘How can I serve you?’ and then listening to their responses, with an eye to dealing with the issues in the legislature, forms the heart of servant leadership.”

It’s most clearly seen on Casey’s website ( on the “Issues” page, which Casey wrote himself.  “It goes ‘beyond bullet points,’ he adds, “and contains the links and data to guide the policies the voters have told him they need.  I didn’t pay someone to write it because voters need a window into what I believe rather than what someone can write about me.”

Casey continues, “This campaign’s unique approach is breathing new life into people tired of the current political scene that tends to be focused on the surface qualities of candidate—‘electability’ or ‘total fundraising’—rather than where it should be: serving people.”

Stephen Casey served 8 years in the Navy and received his Bachelor of Arts (Double Major-Biblical Studies and History/Political Science) from LeTourneau University, followed by seminary and then law school.  He later clerked for Justice Scott Brister of the Supreme Court of Texas. He currently runs his law practice out of his home. He is married and has 5 children.

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Take Back HD-52, Williamson County

There is an interesting Republican primary taking shape for HD-52 in Williamson County.  Four people are in the Republican primary all vying to be the general election nominee to take on vulnerable first term incumbent Rep. Diana Maldonado.

The four Republican candidates are,

Larry Gonzales
Stephen Casey
John Gordon
Alyssa Eacono

The Williamson County Republican Assembly is having an HD-52 GOP Candidates forum on Jan. 19th.  Go hear from the candidates yourself and make up your own mind.

(Hosted by the Williamson County Republican Assembly)

There is a cost of $5.00 per person to attend.
Please RSVP to David L. MacEwan at

(Seating will accommodate 100 people, so please bring a friend.)


DATE:  January 19th, 2010
LOCATION:  Wingate and Williamson Conference Center
1209 N I 35, Round Rock, Tx‎, 78664
ROOM #:  High Tech Hall
DIRECTIONS:  (View full map)
MEET AND GREET:  6:30 -7:00 pm.
(All Candidates are welcome to attend and update us on their respective campaigns.)
CANDIDATE FORUM:  7:15 – 8:30 pm.
8:45 pm.:  STRAW POLL/HD-52


Larry Gonzales
Stephen Casey
John Gordon
Alyssa Eacono

( As of January 4th, 2010, all four candidates have filed and have confirmed their participation at the Forum.)

There will be a small charge of $5.00 per person for this event and registration is required.
To register, please click on the following link:

Click on the “Event Registration” button located in the menu at the top of the page.
Fill out the registration form and submit. Upon submitting the registration form, you will be redirected to an online payment page whereby you can pay by credit card.

To pay by mail, please rsvp to me at Let me know the number of people attending and mail check or cash to:

Mailing address:
13403 Perthshsire St
Austin, TX. 78729
(Please make check payable to the WilCoRA.)

You may also pay in person at the door although we ask that you please rsvp with the amount of people attending.
CASH, (exact amount), and CHECKS only. No credit cards at the door.

Here is Larry Gonzales PR announcing his candidacy.  I am profiling him first because he used to work for my old boss State Representative Wayne Christian (R HD-9) years before I did.  Stay tuned for Bios of the other candidates.

January 4, 2010
Contact: Larry Gonzales at (512) 423-4959

Republican Businessman files for Texas House, District 52
– Larry Gonzales brings wealth of experience in small business, legislative issues –

ROUND ROCK – Republican businessman, Larry Gonzales, officially launched his
campaign today for State Representative, District 52. He filed with Williamson County GOP
Chairman, Bill Fairbrother.

In addition to being a long-time small businessman in Round Rock, Gonzales is a 13-year
resident of HD 52 and a seasoned veteran of the Texas Legislature, having worked nine
regular legislative sessions and 4 special legislative sessions for members of the House, the
Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and the Texas State University System.

“I am an unapologetic conservative who will go to Austin to protect property rights, lower
property taxes, control spending and protect life,” said Gonzales. “Williamson County is
home for me. I have lived here for thirteen years, started my business here, and raised my
family here.”

“I will chart a conservative course to control property taxes, improve classroom instruction
and expand opportunities at our community colleges, career and technical schools, and
university settings,” said Gonzales. “We will draw a strong tie between educational
opportunities, and creating jobs and economic development.”

Gonzales announced Mrs. Judy McCleod, a former RRISD Board Member, will serve as his
campaign treasurer and Mrs. Holly Hansen, who most recently served as President of the
Williamson County Republican Women, will serve as Campaign Chairperson.

“Larry Gonzales is the obvious candidate for Texas House District 52,” said Mrs. Hansen.
“An active member of the Williamson County community, Larry is not only hard-working,
ethical, and conservative, his working knowledge of the issues and Texas government is
second-to-none.  I enthusiastically endorse Larry Gonzales for State Representative.”

Also supporting his efforts are former Round Rock Mayors Charlie Culpepper and Nyle
Maxwell, as well as his childhood friend from Alvin, Texas, Reid Ryan, owner of the Round
Rock Express baseball team.

Gonzales enjoys strong support from elected leaders, civic leaders, and GOP leaders from
across the state and House District, including several Republican precinct chairmen, county
party officers, and statewide party officers. Earlier this fall, two candidates who were also
seeking the Republican nomination in House District 52, James Bernsen and Ralph Pina,
suspended their campaigns and endorsed Gonzales.

“Larry has the experience not just to win, but to govern,” said Bernsen. “He is ideally suited
for this job, and I’m excited to be supporting him.” Pina added, “Larry possesses the
experience and resolve to pursue needed solutions to the problems facing Texas today. I full-
heartedly support Larry.”

Gonzales says it’s his broad base of experience — as a legislative staffer, a small business
owner, husband and a father — combined with his long-time residency in the district and
knowledge of the issues facing Texas, makes him the most qualified candidate to win this
seat in November 2010.

“I am the only candidate in this race who can say they have a long history of being an active
member of this community and who also has extensive legislative experience,” said
Gonzales. “Those are two very important points because it will take both to be successful
from day one in the Legislature.”

Gonzales earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from the University of Texas at
Austin in 1993, is scheduled to complete his Master’s degree in Public Administration from
Texas State University – San Marcos in 2010, and is a certified mediator. He is married to
Marie, a Round Rock High School graduate, his wife of 15 years. She serves the RRISD as
Department Chair of Special Education at McNeil High School. Together they have two
children – Leah, 9 and Alexander, 7 – both are enrolled in the RRISD.