I’m sure we’ve all noticed the political ads for Texas Attorney General. Particularly the two brown-skinned people trying to prove they can be as bigoted as the white supremacists in the race. Eva Guzman’s ridiculous, gesticulating, anti-migrant ad is an affront to brown folks. Never have I seen such an awful display of self-hate and political opportunism to get a few votes from racists. Oh, but her family is “legal.”
What’s sadder is that none of the local Latino Dems or Latino group leaders have spoken up against her crap. Some are actually rooting for her is my guess. Like my mom would say, “Comen del mismo plato.” When you eat off the same plate as bad people, they will expect you to be bad, too. Or, at least, just turn away and ignore it.
Then there’s Little Brown Bush who actually has the support of the bigoted Border Patrol club. The same club that serves as the BP’s mouthpiece whenever they need to blame someone else for their abusive behavior against migrants, or when their agents accidentally fall into a culvert. Bush’s ad is toned down as he makes it about cartels and drives a four-wheeler at Trump’s border wall. He does the smart thing and lets the BP dudes (in uniform) do the anti-immigrant talk. Are they getting overtime for this?
If ignoring (and supporting) the bigots amongst us is how we get “representation” then I’m out.
A Texas attorney general is a civil lawyer, mostly concerned with regulatory, tax and administrative law. But to listen to the candidates, you’d think the state’s top lawyer was some kind of cop.
Sure, they’ll file lawsuits against Biden border policies, but they only prove how bigoted Texas is. Republicans who whine about migrants certainly don’t protect us from anything, especially photo ops at the border.
The race for Texas Attorney General had a couple of active candidates in Joe Jaworski and Lee Merritt. They’ve been pressing the flesh and working the state of Texas for a few months. Yesterday, the race added another candidate with former ACLU lawyer Rochelle Garza announcing her candidacy. Here’s her intro video and it’s pretty good.
Garza hits on all the right issues, but also backs it up with experience. As an ACLU lawyer, she represented “Jane,” a 17 year-old immigrant who found out she was pregnant while in detention and wanted to exercise her right to an abortion. ACLU took on the Trump administration who wanted to force the young woman to remain pregnant and ultimately give birth, while Ken Paxton supported that effort. A federal judge ruled in favor of Jane.
As a sister to a brother injured at childbirth, she and her family took on a health care system that fell short to ensure her brother received the care they needed. It’s a story that many Texans experience everyday.
Check out Garza’s intro video. Check out her website. Her entry into the race certainly makes it a battle of regions as far as voter behavior goes. With a couple of months left to finally file, Garza will have to do some catch-up work, but can certainly get some attention in a short time.
Posted onJuly 16, 2021|Comments Off on Texas Dem Primary Season Starts Early
As I notice more FB friend and LIKE requests from prospective candidates, it’s hard to avoid the fact that our Democratic primaries will be more competitive locally and at the state level. I know, we’re still waiting for Beto to announce, but campaigns are launching.
I’ve known Joe Jaworski for a long time and am excited that he is doing all the right things to win a primary and general: Traveling the state of Texas, visiting clubs and activists. On top of him being a top-notch lawyer who fights for his clients, he also has a good track record as an involved Democrat. Jaworski has been attacking current AG Ken Paxton’s indictments and his actions as AG on an almost daily basis.
Now, Civil Rights lawyer Lee Merritt has entered the race. It was hinted and expected, but the grand entrance into the race did not happen until Democrats walked out of the Abbott’s special session. And Merritt used the opportunity to tell some truths about how the current Attorney General is running things in regards to voter rights and criminal justice reform.
Merritt stated in a tweet that he has “seen the generational impact of the prison-industrial complex and the injustice of mass incarceration up close in my own family. I’ve spent my legal career helping families who are unjustly affected by this broken system. Now I’m running for Texas Attorney General to make some real changes.”
No doubt, Merritt will also say all the right things, but with a force that comes with the experience of being directly affected by Republican policies. An experience felt by many in Texas who continually feel ignored. And that’s great! It’s a message that needs to be heard across the state and I hope he takes it South Texas.
On the other hand, Jaworski has already spent time building relationships all over Texas. Very few candidates have been successful in a statewide race while not making South Texas a part of their Primary win strategy. It will be interesting to see how their strategies unfold going forward.
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Posted onNovember 3, 2014|Comments Off on Sam Houston for Texas AG: The Best Choice
Here’s an ad from Sam Houston, Democrat for Texas Attorney General. I met him Mr. Houston at a breakfast in which I got to introduce him. He’s from the same small town as I; except, his is called Colorado City out in West Texas. He’s a small-town boy that ended up making it in the big city, and you just have to like that kind of story. Check out the ad:
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