Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Who is David Simpson’s Largest Contributor?
*** Before you read this know that a couple of Members have let me know that Simpson has asked them for their support for his bid for Speaker - he has not filed for Speaker and I think this is a major ethics violation. I have several Members tell me that one freshman Member is willing to file a complaint***
It is interesting to see David Simpson throwing his hat into the Speaker’s race, for a couple of reasons. He was recently seen at dinner in Austin with Trey Martinez Fischer, the self appointed spokesman for the Democrat Party of Texas. Was Simpson trying to make a deal with the Democrats? As you remember David followed Trey’s lead in trashing the redistricting process, that he was part of, that resulted in more conservative Members.
And Trey is largely funded by Trial Lawyers, maybe that is why he pick Bryan Hughes to run in the first place but saw that his candidacy was not gaining any traction so he tries to get Simpson to run. Who knows?
Simpson’s largest contributor happens to be Bryan Hughes. They same Bryan Hughes who is currently running for Speaker. The Ethics Commission shows that Bryan donated 28K to Simpson in 2012. Did they have a plan? I have said over and over that Bryan is running to increase his name ID to run against Senator Eltief, a major thorn in Michael Quinn Sullivan’s side.
Why would Simpson consider running for Speaker against a friend and someone he donated so much money to – it is not a common practice for Members to donate so much money to another colleague. Unless they had a plan – Bryan is to run for a while(gaining name ID, money and contacts ie: see Ken Paxton) and then drop out for David to run which was ultimately the objective. My only flaw in the scenario is that David is not well thought of and Members think he is kind of creepy. He has no chance at becoming Speaker.
As a side note, another blog pointed out that Bill Miller is helping Simpson in his run for Speaker – did you know that HillCo gave Simpson 10K in 2012?