An incumbent legislator has threatened cable companies with litigation if they run advertisements citing his voting record in the Texas House. Meanwhile, the same lawmakerâs chief of staff demanded that a website publishing his votes be shut down, citing a law designed to protect teenagers from cyber-bullying on social media websites.
Challenged in Texasâ March Republican Primary, State Rep. Jim Keffer of Eastland hasÂ sent letters threatening legal actionÂ against cable companies running anÂ ad by Empower TexansÂ that references his voting record and has been running throughout Kefferâs House District 60. The letters came from a law firm working for Kefferâs campaign.
TheÂ adÂ notes, among other issues, that Keffer voted to give special privileges to labor unions while attacking conservative groups.
â[No] such vote exists,â his lawyersÂ claimed in the letters.
Yet the Official Journal of the House proceedings from 2013Â shows two specific votesÂ on Senate Bill 346 that were designed to removeÂ special labor union privilegesÂ from the legislation. KefferÂ voted against the amendments, and for final passage of the legislation.
âYour company is currently hosting the website, and it is in clear violation of Chapter 33.07, Texas Penal Code,âÂ wrote Ky Ash in an e-mailÂ sent at the end of January but only this week released from the web-hosting company.
Tony McDonald, general counsel for Empower Texans â which sponsored the website â said that while Ashâs legal reference is impressive, it is wrong.
âThe law Ky cites makes it unlawful for a person to post a fake social networking page for purposes of harassing another person,â said McDonald. âIt has nothing to do with the posting of legislative records on a website that is clearly labelled as coming from a third-party organization.â
McDonald explained that the law was passed in the wake of the suicide of Megan Meier, a victim of…Continued here: http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-Texas/2014/02/19/State-Rep-Threatens-Lawsuits-Against-Individuals