We extend or deepest sympathy to the Gallegos family and trust that they will be comforted by knowing Senator Gallegos was truly a man of courage, character and integrity.
Words like courage, character and integrity are used frequently in politics, but more as a way to persuade and impress rather than to describe and inform. In my personal view, and I know in the view of many, many others who knew him better than me, these words apply literally to the late Senator Mario Gallegos, who passed away yesterday.
Sunday morning, WFAA Channel 8 aired an Inside Politics debate between District 10 incumbent Senator Wendy Davis and her opponent Mark Shelton. Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy joins moderator, Channel 8 political reporter Brad Watson, in questioning the candidates. The program is just under 20 minutes, so I strongly urge you to watch the entire debate.
Mark Shelton reacts to criticism of his vote to shield rapists with a demonstrably false attack on Wendy Davis
Rather than counter Davis with any substantive issue, Shelton instead has launched another personal attack attempting to tarnish the integrity of the well-liked and respected Davis. In an ad just released, Shelton falsely accuses Davis of a conflict of interest on key votes and somehow hiding her activities as an attorney. The same charge has already by fact-checked by WFAA Channel 8 and found to be untrue. The charges in Shelton’s most recent ad can be factually rebutted line-by-line.
Shelton counting on amateurish and misleading claims
The Tarrant County-based Senate District 10 campaign is the most important and closely watched State legislative race in Texas. Incumbent Democratic Senator Wendy Davis has established a much larger local donor base and raised significantly more money than her opponent, GOP House back bencher Mark Shelton (HD97 – Fort Worth). Shelton is, at best, a default candidate for Republicans, but he has been able to count upon Austin-based lobby organizations and partisan State Republican leaders for support.
Sen. Huffman authored amendment creating massive disclosure loophole
The Lone Star Project has learned that a complaint was filed Wednesday with the Texas Ethics Commission (TEC) alleging that Republican State Senator Joan Huffman (SD17 – Houston) is in violation of section § 572.023 of the Texas Government Code for failure to disclose a financial interest in 30 business entities controlled by her husband, Keith Lawyer. The complaint can be seen here.
Respected Texas attorney was a top vote getter in 2008
As expected, Senator Wendy Davis’ announcement that she is running for Texas Governor is encouraging other strong, qualified Democrats to run statewide. The Lone Star Project has learned that highly respected Houston attorney, Sam Houston, will likely soon announce his candidacy for Texas Attorney General.
Abbott ruled against a Texas woman raped in her own home
Yesterday, in El Paso, Greg Abbott made a broad statement: "I'm proud to say there is nobody in the state of Texas who has done more to fight to help women than I have in the past decade." Abbott’s words are not just hyperbole, they are fundamentally dishonest. Greg Abbott’s record of indifference to the point of hostility toward Texas women and their families is extensive. The Lone Star Project has already documented much of it. Abbott’s statement yesterday, though, is an extraordinarily cynical and disturbing fabrication that can be directly and specifically rebutted by a dissenting opinion he wrote as a State Supreme Court Justice in 1998.
As Texas Attorney General, rather than serving as the people’s lawyer, Greg Abbott has used his office to promote his own partisan ambitions and to assist friends and contributors at the expense of Texas citizens. Abbott belongs to an entrenched GOP insider establishment that promotes the interests of mega-wealthy state and national right wing donors, cronies and ideologues.