“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 <NIV>
The Texas House District 13 contest is a confusing mess. The runoffs (yes, plural) are between Jill Wolfskill and Ben Leman.
State Rep. Leighton Schubert’s (R-Brenham RER70) announcement that he would not seek reelection set off the anticipated mad scramble of filings to fill the seat with five candidates making the balllot. When Schubert amended his decision to an immediate resignation after finding a new job, two elections were now required – one to fill his vacant seat for the 2019 legislature, and another to fill his unexpired term. In both races, Wolfskill and Leman are matched against each other in runoffs. The runoff for the vacant 2019 seat is Tuesday, May 22. The runoff for the unexpired term will be later in the summer.
A former Bell County Judge, Leman has cultivated big money from the worst of the Texas lobby. From where a candidate gets campaign donations is a distinct preview of how they will perform if elected. Especially in this runoff cycle, Leman has received contributions that indicate that his allegiance if elected will be to the Straus agenda, and the Texas Plutocracy that rules the lower chamber of the Pink Dome.
LEMAN’S UNHOLY AND DANGEROUS CONNECTIONS
Texas House Leadership Fund: This is the personal PAC of Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus. Although Straus has decided to vacate his post as Speaker and a San Antonio state representative, he has flatly stated that he intends to remain a player in Texas politics. Straus is backing Leman in the HD13 runoff. $10,000.
Associated Republicans of Texas: In this Texas Tribune article, ART leaders expresses their dismay over the culture war battles in Texas, and specifically the “bathroom bill”. Beer kingpin, John Nau, is considered the dominant driver behind ART.
ART admits that they intend to be big players in GOP primaries, and will be backing the most RINO-cious of the incumbents and candidates on the ballot. The Texas Tribune article reports to have discovered over $100,000 in donations from ART to the Leman campaign. The available spreadsheets available to RER shows a lesser amount at this time. $49,053.98
Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLR): An even more horrifying sign from the Leman campaign is the acceptance of financial help from TLR. TLR postures as a “conservative” money machine that is primarily responsible for the Republicans ruling the Pink Dome. But, TLR are deceivers of the highest order.
Dick and David Weekley, of Weekley Homes fame, are at the top of the TLR organizational chart.
Unlike ART that only donates to moderate Republicans, Texans for Lawsuit Reform routinely donates to Democrats. In the 2016 primary election, their biggest campaign contribution went to a pro-abortion Democrat that formerly sat on the board of Planned Parenthood in the Rio Grande Valley that was attempting to unseat a pro-life Democrat.
TLR has financially backed pro-abortion Democrats as they did in a 2013 special election with State Rep. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston RER16) over a black Republican, R.W. Bray. Since their creation, TLR has donated millions of dollars to Texas Democrats.
Censured State Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University RER34) is a perennial favorite of TLR. They enjoy organizing fundraisers for her, with Joe Straus and ART leaders usually in attendance, and throwing into the pile of money. $32,115.22
Straus’ Bag Men: In this election cycle, it appears that the top money curriers for the Straus faction of the party are State Representatives Drew Darby, John Wray, and Chris Paddie. $4,000.00
Texas Automobile Dealers Association (TADA): The auto franchisees that are anti-free market and pro protectionism. They use their financial power to block auto manufacturers like Tesla from using direct sales to sell their cars in Texas. $1,000.00
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