Monday, February 27, 2012

Joe Straus Attacks Conservatives: Raising Money to Defeat Republican Incumbent James White

Republican State Representative
James White
 Joe Straus (Texas Speaker of House) is OPENLY launching an all out attack to oust one of our most conservative State Representatives, James White. Straus is holding a fundraiser in Austin this week to raise money to defeat Republican Incumbent James White.

Also, Joe Straus Endorses Mitt Romney after Poll Shows Santorum has Commanding Lead in Texas.

I do not support James White based on the fact that he is one of the few Black Republican state leaders. I do not vote based on race. I support James White because he is one of our most Conservative State Representatives! White was already hurt in redistricting (along with many other conservatives who Straus did not like) and now Straus is openly campaigning against him. WHY?? It might have something to do with James White beating long time Democrat Jim McReynolds (a Straus Chairman) in the 2010 election. Also, a new Texas Tribune poll shows that Rick Santorum is going to win Texas by a landslide. Straus responds by endorsing Mitt Romney.

Note: I have no ill-will towards Mike Hamilton. Hamilton has been my State Rep for some time now. I wish Hamilton would not have moved. I wish Hamilton would have stayed where he was at and he would have run against moderate State Rep. Allan Ritter. I would have supported Hamilton over Ritter. Instead, Hamilton decided to play politics with redistricting and move to another county to run against Super Conservative James White. I do not vote based on who my friends are or who has been my State Rep for the last decade. I vote based on who the best candidate is. Between Hamilton and White, White is more conservative hands down. White has my vote. Also, it is now clear to me that Hamilton is being supported by Straus because Hamilton tried to push a gambling bill for Straus in the last legislative session. This is very disappointing...
the following is an article from Empower Texans about what is going on:

Straus Bets Big Against Conservatives

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is once again campaigning against conservatives in 2012. In state, he is fundraising against the re-election of conservative State Rep. James White
 in favor of carpet-bagging moderate Mike “Tuffy” Hamilton. And nationally, Mr. Straus has endorsed the lackluster moderate Mitt Romney for president.

State Rep. Mike Hamilton
on the floor of the Texas
House, as his patron -- Speaker
Joe Straus -- looked on.

Straus is betting big against Texas conservatives. Once was the time when Joe Straus said as speaker he wouldn’t campaign against incumbents. Of course, that was in the 2010 election season, when the Republican Straus was actively working to help Democrat incumbents like former State Rep. Patrick Rose stay in office. But the conservative tide swept Rose and 22 other Straus-aligned Democrats from the Texas House.

This go-round, Speaker Straus’ GOP redistricting team sought to punish conservatives like James White. You see, Mr. White defeated a Straus Democratic committee chair, Jim McReynolds, in the ’10 general election. The Straus team radically redistricted Mr. White, putting him into all new territory. To add insult to injury, the Speaker’s go-to guy on gambling, the aforementioned Mr. Hamilton, moved districts and across county lines so he could challenge Mr. White.

(Mr. Hamilton is the chairman of the House Licensing Committee, which has jurisdiction over gambling expansion.)

This coming Wednesday (2/29), the Texas Association of Realtors political action committee is hosting a luncheon fundraiser in Austin for Hamilton — headlined by Speaker Straus. (See the fundraising invitation below, or by on the Realtors’ website.)

This is the same Speaker Straus who said he “would not campaign against incumbents of any party.” Now he is actively working to defeat an African-American conservative, former teacher and retired US Army officer — in favor of a moderate, big-tax, big-government lackey.

(It’s interesting to note that by raising money for Hamilton, Speaker Straus is now publicly engaged in a full-out campaign against tort reform powerhouse Texans for Lawsuit Reform. TLR has endorsed the conservative Mr. White, and criticized Mr. Hamilton. This isn’t the only case. In other races around the state, Mr. Straus’ consiglieres, advisors, lackeys and consultants are running just-below-the-radar races against other tort-reform champions.)
Not surprisingly, Joe Straus’ embrace of leftward-tilting Republicans extend beyond Texas politics.

Earlier this week it was reported that recent polling found former senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is the far-and-away favorite of Texas Republican primary voters, with former Massachuetts governor Mitt Romney a distant third. Like Joe Straus, Mr. Romney is a moderate-at-best Republican (remember RomneyCare?) who is suddenly trying (painfully) to present himself as “severly” conservative. The day after finding Republican voters in Texas overwhelmingly oppose Mitt Romney, Joe Straus endorsed him.

Is your state representative still supporting Joe Straus’ reelection for speaker in 2013? With Mr. Straus working so actively against conservatives, now is a good time to ask.

TREPAC invitation for Hamilton fundraiser headlining Straus. CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

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