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February 08, 2014

UPDATED -- Republican Primary Endorsements For The March 4, 2014 Primary

UPDATE: I have now made an endorsement in the race for Judge of the 247th Family Court.

Well, with early voting only 10 days away, it seems like this is an auspicious time to publicize my endorsements in this year's Republican primary here in Harris County, Texas. Please note that I am making endorsements ONLY in contested races where voters in Harris County Precinct 333 will be voting, so if you don't see a contested race that means that my precinct is not in that district.

US Senator -- John Cornyn. John Cornyn is a conservative -- one that I am proud to have representing my state. I may get angry with him from time to time, but, on balance, he has served Texas and the United States well. And if he does not always line up exactly with Ted Cruz, I consider that a plus -- having two conservative senators who represent different facets of conservatism is a good thing in my book. And let's be honest, there really is not a credible challenger in the lot.

Congressional District 36 -- Dave Norman. We have huge field of candidates in this race. My pick is Dave Norman, a man who I personally know to be a strong conservative, a veteran, a respected businessman, Christian with a deep faith, and a solid family man. When Steve Stockman withdrew from the race back in December, the first thing I did was pick up the phone and call Dave in order to persuade him to run for the seat -- and let out an enthusiastic shout when he told me that he had filed the paperwork earlier that day. He is a man who will be ready to hit the ground running on Day 1 next January. And may I urge my fellow voters in CD36 to not be drawn in by the Washington insider or the big name who does not live in the district -- this time we need to elect a representative who actually lives in our district.

Governor -- Greg Abbott. There is no other choice for thinking Texans. You can have a man of great accomplishment or one of the no-names whose resumes are even thinner than that of presumptive Democrat nominee Wendy Davis.

Lieutenant Governor -- Jerry Patterson. Jerry Patterson has devoted his life to the service of the United States and the state of Texas. He is a conservative through-and-through -- and most importantly, he can win in November due to name recognition, an record of accomplishment, and a common-sense view of what this state needs that appeals to grass-roots conservatives and independent voters. Most importantly, Jerry doesn't feel the need to change his message from audience to audience like certain candidates in the race, nor is he looking to use this position as a springboard to higher office.

Attorney General -- Ken Paxton. Paxton is a proven conservative who has not been padding his resume. Neither of his opponents can make both of those claims. That makes him the right choice.

Comptroller -- Glenn Hegar. I found this to be the hardest statewide race to make an endorsement in. There are two quality candidates in the race, and two pretenders. On balance, I like Hegar, though Harvey Hilderbran would also be a good choice.

Land Commissioner -- George P. Bush. He's the better of the options we have.

Agriculture Commissioner -- Eric Opiela. The field here is impressive, but Opeiela is strong on the issues and a broad base of support.

Railroad Commissioner -- Becky Berger. Given the fact that the Railroad Commission deals with energy issues and not transportation, I think it is important that we elect someone who is an expert in the field. Berger is a geologist with many years of work in the energy field and a long record as an active Republican. I like that combination.

Chief Justice Supreme Court -- Nathan Hecht. Hecht has been a solid judicial record. His opponent lacks judicial experience and temperament. No contest.

Justice Supreme Court Place 6 -- Jeff Brown. Another good justice, another challenger who doesn't pass muster in comparison.

Justice Supreme Court Place 8 -- Phil Johnson. Another good justice, another not-quite-ready-for-prime-time challenger.

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 -- Barbara Walther.

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 -- Jani Jo Wood.

Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 -- David Newell.

Texas House District 129 -- Sheryl Berg. Sheryl is a long-time conservative stalwart in the district. I have been urging her to run for office for years and believe she will be a superb representative for our district.

Justice 1st Court of Appeals Place 3 -- Russell Lloyd.

District Judge 246th District -- Angelina D. A. Gooden.

District Judge 247th District -- No Endorsement. One seems to have campaign finance issues. One is being represented by surrogates as more likely to rule according to the Texas GOP platform than the laws of the state of Texas and United States. The third just doesn't seem like a candidate who is really ready to be a judge. I'm therefore withholding any endorsement at this time, but may reconsider prior to the primary if the campaign finance issues are resolved.

District Judge 247th District -- M.L. "Meca" Walker. As you may notice above, I initially did not endorse in this race. Given that the scurrilous claims against Judge Walker have been retracted by their author, I see no reason to withhold my endorsement from the well-qualified and experienced Associate Judge of this court to take the bench of the 247th Family Court in her own right. She is well-qualified and well-respected by the lawyers who practice before this court, and brings with her the experience as a judge in this court. I'll not disparage either of her opponents, but Judge Walker is clearly the superior choice in this race.

District Judge 263rd District -- Robert Summerlin.

District Judge 269th District -- Dan Hinde.

Family District Judge 311th District -- Anthony Magdaleno.
Magdaleno has 25 years of experience practicing family law. He has also worked harder to earn this nomination than I have ever seen a judicial candidate work to become the GOP's candidate. It is imperative that Republicans unite behind him to remove the incumbent from the bench, for reasons I have commented on elsewhere.

County Criminal Court at Law No. 10 -- Tonya Rolland McLaughlin.

District Clerk -- Chris Daniel. When outsider Chris Daniel beat the establishment candidate to win the nomination four years ago and then defeated the Democrat incumbent, it set in motion an effort by one faction of the local GOP to defeat him. Daniel has performed his job well, and deserves to be our nominee this year and to be reelected in the fall.

County Treasurer -- Orlando Sanchez.

County School Trustee Position 5 At Large -- R.W. Bray.

County School Trustee Position 7 At Large -- Dianne Williams.

Harris Co. Republican Party Chairman -- Paul Simpson.
Paul makes a great case for himself here. No matter how much I may personally like the incumbent, I believe that we need to fix some systemic problems in the Harris County GOP if we are to remain a viable party going forward.





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It is right after all the statewide races, Sheryl -- but I'll put it here in comments as well.

Texas House District 129 -- Sheryl Berg. Sheryl is a long-time conservative stalwart in the district. I have been urging her to run for office for years and believe she will be a superb representative for our district.

|| Posted by Rhymes With Right, February 10, 2014 09:02 PM ||

Well thought out endorsements and reasons. I don't agree with every single one (plus, I live in Fort Bend), but I still commend you.

|| Posted by Kenn Carr, February 11, 2014 12:36 PM ||

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