RagingElephantsRadio.com contacted Gail Stanart via email to respond to the facts found that she lost the endorsement of Texas Right to Life (TRTL) because of her SREC “No” vote to #RULE44 State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana). Stanart is a GOP primary candidate for State Representative House District 126 in Houston. She is the State Republican Executive Committeewoman (SREC) for Senatorial District 15.
As first reported by RER, Stanart was initially tagged to get the precious endorsement of TRTL and probably big, cash sponsorship from the financially-healthy PAC after announcing her candidacy on November 14th. However, before the opening of the primary election filing window, on December 2nd in Austin, the SREC debated and voted on the historic #RULE44 censure and sanction resolution naming “Lord Byron”. The SREC’s official recorded vote on the resolution shows Stanart voted “No” – not to censure and sanction Cook.
TRTL is a strong supporter of having Cook #RULE44’d. The organization has counted Cook as one its top nemesis, and labeled him a “Pro-life Fraud” in 2015.
Once Stanart’s vote on the Cook censure was official, TRTL made the internal decision to pull its endorsement of Stanart. When TRTL’s list of 2018 endorsements were released, Kevin Fulton had received the checkmark for HD126.
This is the full statement received by RER from Gail Stanart:
As you know, I was not at the SREC meeting when the vote was cast. My SREC SD 15 counterpart, Vergel Cruz, had an emergency proxy from two years prior when I first was elected to the SREC. He thought he knew how I would want to vote. We did not discuss this vote prior to him casting the vote on my behalf with the proxy. The previous day in the Resolutions Committee meeting, for which I am the Secretary, I did vote against sending the censure resolution to the floor as there was no time for discussion on the matter in committee; I felt it needed some discussion. I have spoken to people before about my concerns generally with censure and wanted the Resolutions Committee to have time to discuss it. That said, and as I have shared with others, I gained an understanding of the urgency of this vote following my Resolutions Committee vote. Had I been at the SREC meeting I would have voted in favor of the censure. I am completely in support of the censure resolution of Byron Cook and would support any effort to bring it back to the SREC and would vote in favor of it.
My SREC voting history is consistently conservative. A vote against this resolution was an aberration and one for which I am being held accountable. I accept that accountability. This vote was a mistake. If the censure is brought forward again, I will correct the record and personally cast the vote for the censure of Byron Cook. This vote, however, does not change my long pro-life, pro-family work for the last 15 years. My commitment to our platform and our conservative principles are resolute and will guide my voting behavior in the Texas Legislature. I was the first in my race to sign the Republican Caucus Speaker Selection Commitment Form. As a member of the SREC, I voted in September to create the form in order to hold House members accountable to a Republican Caucus vote and I am proud to make that pledge. I am committed to a Texas House that is not led by Straus lieutenants who have undermined and destroyed the passage of legislation initiated by our most conservative legislators. I am committed to championing that legislation and will be a front-line advocate in the fight, as I have for many years.
My best to you, as always,
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