Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Under the Radar
I find it interesting that Michael Quinn Sullivan is flying under the radar so far this session. You would think that he would be screaming because of the Governor's request to spend $4 billion from the rainy day fund. But he isn't.
Maybe that is because he is busy harassing members of the legislature in the form of involving them in lawsuits.
As reported by the Texas Tribune: Empower Texans, which does some of its work under the Texans for Fiscal Responsibility masthead, sued after seeing a group with a name like its own helping Republican candidates during this year’s primary elections — candidates who didn’t have the support of Empower Texans. That lawsuit, set for trial next summer, accuses the other group — Texans for Fiscal Accountability — of infringing on its brand by using that similar name in campaigns for several Republican legislative candidates. The treasurer of TFA is the brother of the spouse of one of the principals in Murphy Turner Associates — an Austin-based political consulting firm. All of them — Brad Turner, Holly Turner and Murphy Turner Associates — are named in the lawsuit.
As we have discussed before Trey Trainor and Joe Nixon are the attorneys representing Empower Texans. After multiple quashes by the court three freshman members were finally served by a processes server who I am told staked out their apartments in Austin and harassed them mercilessly.
Representatives Ken King, Chris Paddie and Cecil Bell were finally disposed this week, I am sure making them happy to see lobbyiest Trainor and Nixon the next time they want to discuss something relevant to their other clients.
This is pure harassment and meant to send the signal to other state reps - you mess with Michael Sullivan and we will make your life miserable.
“I have no reason to be deposed,” Bell said. “It is a political battle between warring factions that were at it in Austin long before I was elected. It is beyond bothersome. It is troublesome to me.”