May 19, 2014

GOP Primary Runoff Endorsements

Meant to get these up this morning -- sorry for the delay. Please note that I'm only endorsing where I can vote.

CD 36 -- I'm not pleased with the pair of candidates we have. One does not live in the district, and one feels so entitled to the seat that he has repeatedly blown off scheduled events with grassroots groups -- and history of campaign finance issues that lead me to question his honesty. For that reason I'll pick Ben Streusand over Brian Babin -- with the understanding that I'm hoping for a better candidate to emerge in 2016.

Lt. Governor -- Forget bankruptcy, illegal alien employees, and mental health issues -- when it comes down to it, I'm not pleased with the thought of Dan Patrick holding the most powerful position in the state of Texas. David Dewhurst is experienced -- and Dan Patrick himself is on record as declaring Dewhurst to be a solid conservative (unless Dan lied to the voters during the 2012 senatorial primary and runoff when he endorsed Dewhurst and trashed Ted Cruz). Dewhurst has said he won't run four years from now, so I believe reelecting him will provide us with time to find him a worthier successor.

Attorney General -- Here is a case of me switching my endorsement from the March primary. As much as I like Ken Paxton and think he has the knowledge and experience to do the job, recent disclosures of law-breaking render him an unacceptable choice. I therefore endorse Dan Branch for Attorney General.

Agriculture Commissioner -- Of our two remaining candidates, Tommy Merritt appears to be the better choice due to his long experience in agriculture.

Railroad Commissioner -- Ryan Sitton has a wealth of experience in the energy sector, which is what the "Railroad Commission" actually deals with now. Vote for him or regret it.

State Representative, HD 129 -- On one level, this is a really tough race to call -- both candidates are longtime friends and either will do a superb job as our next state representative. But I'll be honest -- I've wanted Sheryl Berg to run for office for years and have urged her to do so more than once. I'm sticking with her in the runoff -- with all due respect to Dennis Paul.

247th District Court Judge -- We've got a choice between a superbly qualified jurist who has years of experience as an associate court judge or a guy who has the bare minimum qualifications for the job and wants you to look at everything except that fact. I'm therefore endorsing Judge M. L. "Meca" Walker in this race -- and let the next race on this list remind you what happened the last time Harris County Republicans picked the slate-backed candidate for a family court.

311th Family District Court Judge -- Denise Pratt made it into the runoff only to resign her bench and withdraw from the race in exchange for avoiding criminal charges. It is imperative that everyone vote for Alicia Franklin -- there is no other choice for an informed voter.

County Criminal Court at Law No. 10 -- Tonya Rolland McLaughlin has worked as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney. Who better to serve on the bench of a criminal court?

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