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More Republican SD & HD Primary Shakeups

Not to be out done by yesterdays news… more Republican primary election news breaks today.  Following Senator Shapiro’s announcement yesterday that she will not be running for reelection State Representative Ken Paxton and veteran Scott O’Grady announced they will seek the open Senate District 8 seat.

SD 8 makes up parts of Dallas and Collin Counties and is one of the fastest growing areas of the state.  Now the question is who will run for Paxton’s House Seat, HD 70, and who will jump into the open Texas House District 33 race that O’Grady is leaving to run for the Texas Senate.  HD 33 makes up all of Rockwall County and parts of Collin County

In Central Texas 15 year incumbent State Senator Steve Ogden announced that he will not be seeking reelection and freshman State Representative Larry Gonzales immediately announced that he will not be seeking Senator Ogden’s open seat and will be seeking reelection to his Texas House Seat in HD 52.

“I am blessed to represent Williamson County in House District 52, and my focus remains on serving our area in the Texas House while being the best father and husband I can be in my own house. I am making it clear that I will seek re-election in the new HD 52, and will serve the values of Williamson County voters as long as they allow me to represent them.”

While Gonzales closed the door to a Texas Senate bid, his fellow freshman Texas House colleague from the other side of Williamson County, Dr. Charles Schwertner jumped into the race with a large cash advantage over any potential challengers.

Campaign spokesman Keats Norfleet noted that Schwertner’s recent reelection kickoff for the Texas House was a resounding success, with over 500 attendees from around the district and over $100,000 raised for his campaign. “Rep. Schwertner will kick‐off this State Senate campaign with a broad base of popular support and over $300,000 cash on hand,” added Norfleet.

Will former State Representative Dan Gattis jump into the race like he was rumored to be planning on doing in 2010 when Senator Ogden was first expected to not run for reelection?

Rep. Gattis did not run for reelection in 2010 in HD 20 to prepare for his race for Senator Ogden’s soon to be open seat.  This allowed Dr. Schwertner to run for the open seat in HD 20 created by Rep. Gattis not running for reelection.  Now Schwertner maybe facing off with his predecessor for the open SD 5 seat.  You got to love local politics.

Senate District 5 includes Brazos, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Walker and Williamson Counties.

Following Dr. Schwertner’s announcement freshman State Board of Education Member Marsha Farney announced she will enter the now open HD-20 race along with former Texas House candidate Jeff Fleece.

All in a days news in Texas politics, what dominoes will fall next?

Aaron Pena and Allen Ritter Join the GOP

Today a former democrat party switcher who just happens to be the Governor of Texas welcomed Texas State Representatives Aaron Pena and Allen Ritter across the aisle to the Republican Party, just like he did many years ago as a State Rep. from the panhandle.

I join Governor Perry and our other Republican leaders in welcoming them to the Republican Party.

Pena’s switch could be a sign of of what is to come in South Texas if the Republicans play their cards right and continue to show the Hispanic community that the GOP holds dear the same traditional, family values that they do.  With new Republican leaders like Pena and newly elected Rep. Larry Gonzales Republicans are poised to do just that.

To prove their Republican credentials Pena and Ritter immediately took photos with Ronald Reagan that were then posted to the RPT facebook page.

On a side note at the press conference today both of these men promised to give back any donations to donors upset about their party switch.

Does anyone know where Pena and Ritter stand in the Speakers Race?

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.

PolitiFact Confirms Maldonado Has No Grassroots

PolitiFact is a project of the Austin American-Statesman that tests the truthfulness of politician’s and public official’s statements.  Recently they put Larry Gonzales statement to the test that was covered in a previous post.

“We are not soliciting paid walkers on Craig’s List like my opponent is, who is offering to pay complete strangers by the hour to carry her message.”

PolitiFact rated Gonzales statement as true, with the Maldonado campaign admitting they are seeking paid block walkers through Craigslist.

Maldonado’s campaign confirmed using Craigslist to hire block walkers. We rate Gonzales’ statement True.

It is nice to see the main stream media picking up on stories that bloggers in their pajamas in mom’s basement break in between playing WOW and Halo all night.

Unlike Maldonado, Larry Gonzales has no problem getting his motivated grassroots supporters volunteering for him for free.  His campaign hosted a block walk last weekend that had almost 40 volunteers attend.  Check out Larry’s facebook page for more photos of the event.

You can join Larry and his unpaid volunteers on Monday night at his campaign headquarters grand opening party.

Democrat Maldonado Has No Grassroots: Seeking Paid Block Walkers

Democrat incumbent Texas State Representative Diana Maldonado is in the fight of her political life right now.  She represents HD-52, which is in Williamson County.  She won her first term in 2008 with the Obama wave helping to push her over the top in a close election.  She won by less than 1,000 votes with McCain winning the district

This election year however the Obama wave will be in the opposite direction.  Combine that with a great Republican candidate named Larry Gonzales and Maldonado is in serious trouble and she knows it.

What would you do if you are the incumbent in a close race?  I would rally my troops and deploy a massive volunteer driven block walking and phone banking operation to identify and turn out my voters.  Who better to GOTV and convince undecideds to vote for you than volunteers who have invested time and money into your campaign.  If someone is block walking in the 100 degree heat on a Saturday afternoon for you then they must really like you and be passionate about your campaign right?

Republican challenger Larry Gonzales is doing all of the above and more.  Gonzales has a great GOTV block walking and phone banking operation run by volunteers.  I am sure if you are in Williamson County have seen his signs all across town and you have seen Gonzales at numerous community events.

Unlike Gonzales energized volunteers, it seems like Maldonado’s supporters have all ready thrown in the towel and given up.  If her supporters were out block walking and phone banking then why would Maldonado put an ad up on Craigslist for “Paid Canvassers?”

You know a campaign is getting desperate when they pay people to block walk for them.  Reminds me of the ACORN workers being paid to sign up Mickey Mouse and the offensive line of the Dallas Cowboys.  There are horror stories from campaigns on both sides of paid block walkers peeing and throwing up in peoples front yards, being intoxicated while working and saying they did the work when they really did not.

Will Maldonado’s paid block walkers be any better?  What a good way to spend the hard earned money that her supporters have trusted her with.

Below are the details of the Craigslist posting, I have taken out some of the personal information.

From: kristin@dianamaldonado.com [mailto:kristin@dianamaldonado.com]
Sent: xxxx July xxxx, xxxxx
To: xxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Paid Canvassers Needed for Highly Competitive State House Race (Round Rock)

Hi xxxxxxxxxx,

Thanks for responding to the ad, we are working really hard to win this race. If you are interested in a position send me your resume and 2-3 references and we will go from there.

In Solidarity,
Kristin

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: Paid Canvassers Needed for Highly Competitive State House Race
(Round Rock)
From: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Date: xxxxx July xxxx, xxxxx
To: <job-h4c6e-1860803446@craigslist.org>

** CRAIGSLIST ADVISORY — AVOID SCAMS BY DEALING LOCALLY
** Avoid: wiring money, cross-border deals, work-at-home
** Beware: cashier checks, money orders, escrow, shipping
** More Info: http://www.craigslist.org/about/scams.html

I would be happy to help your campaign.

http://austin.craigslist.org/npo/1860803446.html

If you get any Gonzales or Maldonado block walkers at your house make sure to ask them if they are volunteers or paid!  Or just try asking them why they support the person they are walking for.  If they can’t articulate anything more than the talking points on the push card they are carrying then they are paid.  Leave a note in the comment section if one stops by your house and tell us what happened.

Last Day: Conservative Republicans of Texas Matching Donation Drive

Today is the last day for the Conservative Republicans of Texas matching donation drive.  Please make your $ 25 online today before midnight tonight to your favorite local candidate, or all of them!

In central Texas there are three targeted races, Larry Gonzales HD-52 (Williamson County), Dan Neil HD-48 (NW Travis County) and Paul Workman HD-47 (SW Travis County).  Click on their names to be taken to their campaign websites where you can make your online donation today!

Please help these great candidates take advantage of this generous offer from the Conservative Republicans of Texas by donating $25 or more online today!

It is vital that the Republicans pick up some seats in the Texas House of Representatives.  The next legislative session will be very important for the future of Texas, with Voter ID, immigration reform, redistricting and the sunset review of some major state agencies.  We need more conservatives leading the charge, so please donate today!

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Conservative Republicans of Texas Matching Donation Drive

The Conservative Republicans of Texas led by Dr. Steve Hotze have graciously pledged to match the online donations of 25$ or greater received by 20 targeted Republican Texas House candidates through Wedensday August 4th, 2010.

Today, I am pleased to announce that Conservative Republicans of Texas has taken a bold stand to keep the Lone Star shining by embarking on a joint online fundraising initiative with 20 Republican House Race challengers across Texas.

Working online with these campaigns, Conservative Republicans of Texas is pledging to match every donation of $25 or greater, made on Monday, August 2nd, through Wednesday, August 4th, at their campaign websites. (click here for a full list)  CRT is committed to supporting outstanding legislative candidates whose while in the 2011 Texas Legislature starting in January, will lead the fight for fiscal discipline, free enterprise, and Texas families and business!

My friend, the price of liberty is eternal vigilance and an unwillingness to surrender or back down to the incremental socialism of the left.  In these House Districts, our fight to elect these candidates to the State Legislature is of vital importance to the cause.  These races have been identified as targeted opportunities for a Republican pickup by political observers across Texas.

In central Texas there are three targeted races, Larry Gonzales HD-52 (Williamson County), Dan Neil HD-48 (NW Travis County) and Paul Workman HD-47 (SW Travis County).

Please help these great candidates take advantage of this generous offer from the Conservative Republicans of Texas by donating $25 or more online today!

It is vital that the Republicans pick up some seats in the Texas House of Representatives.  The next legislative session will be very important for the future of Texas, with Voter ID, immigration reform, redistricting and the sunset review of some major state agencies.  We need more conservatives leading the charge, so please donate today!