Well, another election has come and gone. The candidate I hoped would win didn't but I don't live in the district so I am not too upset. Senate District 28 will have to live with their decision.
Turnout was about what everyone expected but the timeframe was just too short for a new comer, non-incumbent to win. Charles Perry should be on a plane to Asia to kiss Governor Perry’s big old Texas A&M ring on bended knee.
I want to point something out that I think might have consequences for future races. Every election cycle Empower Texans sends out their questionnaire. The consultants I talked to said it just shows up like dozens of other questionnaires from dozens of other special interest groups. You have the NRA, TMA, Parent PAC, etc. These groups use the questionnaires to figure out whether a candidate is one who they can support and more importantly it boxes a potential Member of the legislature in on an issue before they have ever thought about casting a vote.
I am told the Jodey Arrington Campaign received the Empower Texans questionnaire like all the others and they decided to fill it out along with the others even though they knew that Empower was going to support/endorse Perry. But they figured if they didn’t fill the questionnaire out and return it, Empower Texans would blast them for not being transparent and hiding their liberal tendencies.
When the Arrington campaign found out that Empower Texans and it’s affiliates started dumping big money into the race on behalf of Charles Perry – six figures I am told – the Arrington Campaign aired a radio ad calling Charles Perry out on it. Perry took money from an organization whose leader was just fined $10,000.00 for failure to register as a lobbyist and destroying thousands of emails during the investigation. As Obama likes to say – bad optics.
How does Empower Texans react? They attack Arrington for filling out their questionnaire! Mike Sullivan wrote a scathing blog post (google it) and sent it to all his members in West Texas, I believe they sent out mail and they got their lackeys Robert Pratt and Chad Hasty to jump all over Arrington on the radio for filling out the questionnaire. (by the way Robert Pratt has written over 10 blog post that have been published by Empower Texans in 2014, kind of incestuous) Their line of attack was: Arrington sought our endorsement and once he found out he didn't get it he attacked us thus he is a flip flopper.
My question is this: will future candidates continue to fill out Empower Texans questionnaires if they might get attacked for doing it? Why would they? I brought this up to a couple of consultants last night and they said it would definitely play a part in deciding whether to fill it out. They now have an excuse to not fill it out, we are afraid if we do fill it out and you decide to support our opponent you might attack us for filling it out, sorry we aren't going to take that chance.
Time to pay the bills but I might have another post on this race whose subject deals with the amount of money Empower Texans and their affiliates actually put into this race. I am having all the mail overnighted to me because I am told mail was delivered to mailboxes but wasn't reported in ethics commission reports, which is against the law. If true I will be filing an ethics complaint and forwarding my findings to the Public Integrity Unit in Austin. Don’t worry I will keep the readers informed!
Have a nice week and til next time – Adios MOFOS!