The final days of a contentious campaign, no matter what the office being contested, can result in acts of desperation that can destroy the reputation of every candidate involved and members of their inner circle.
With runoff elections ending Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm, incumbent state rep RINOs, Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels RER56) and Wayne Smith (R-Baytown RER50) have perhaps reached new lows of mudslinging and sleaze in last-ditch efforts to retain their seats under the Pink Dome.
A story whose seed popped last week in Houston has mushroomed into the possible destruction of one of the most powerful, if not dirtiest, political consultants in Texas – Allen Blakemore, along with his wife and business partner Elizabeth Blakemore. Having played what appears to be the leading role in a sleaze tactic that has most of the Texas political ecosystem ready to regurgitate, Blakemore and his candidate Wayne Smith are suffering a scathing backlash from multiple quarters for producing an alleged attack mailer against his runoff opponent and LM (liberty movement) slate candidate, Briscoe Cain. The “mailer” claims that Cain is homosexual and is filled with salacious photos and accusations that flirt with Texas liable laws.
The story, first reported by Chron.com, contains numerous twists and turns that will take quite some effort for RER to unravel. The plan hatched by Blakemore is complicated in its diabolical nature with several layers to the onion. The article published by Chron.com does layout the facts of the story, competently. However, the backstory, background, and history of how such tactics could come to reality in this race is lost on the corporate, Pravda DNA of the Chronicle and their lack of knowing the intimate relationships of the players involved.
The bottom line is simple. Candidate Briscoe Cain is not homosexual, is 31 years old, married with children, and has been a staunch warrior against the homosexual movement in Houston, including doing yeomen’s work on the petition drive to stop the Houston bathroom ordinance of 2015. He’s now involved in the case to represent the wrongfully indicted citizen journalists that revealed the atrocities of Planned Parenthood through a video sting in Houston and other U.S. cities.
In the March 1 primary, Cain bested Smith 48% to 43%. And, with the final votes for the runoff to be cast on Tuesday, May 24, Smith and his consultant Blakemore are shredding all thoughts of ethics and decency to win.
Smith, who was elected to the Pink Dome in 2002, has been a reliable RINO and since the election of Joe Straus as Speaker, has been a reliable agent of the Texas plutocracy.
Smith is a vital component to the Straus agenda. He serves as the Chair of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Commitee. This is the committee that handles all licensing and expansion issues dealing with gambling – Straus’ profession. Straus appoints his most obedient subjects to this post.
Straus doubled down with his second Smith committee appointment by assigning him a post on the Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee.
The social media backlash against Smith and the Blakemore’s have been blistering and RER will be sharing those threads in follow-up stories.
The other runoff campaign involving a sitting Straus-ian committee chair that has become vile in its content is for Texas House District Seat 73 at the bottom of the I-35 corridor. Undoubtedly orchestrated by his dark side consultant Craig Murphy of Murphy Turner & Associates fame, State Rep. Miller’s campaign viciously and maliciously attacked the family of LM candidate Kyle Biedermann, an Ace Hardware operator from Fredericksburg. In the March 1 primary, Biedermann finished second in a field of three to Miller, 43.5% to 40%.
The Miller campaign accused Biedermann of molesting his daughters, and dredged up old divorce papers from years ago in an attempt to make the accusations stick. But, with Biedermann’s current wife, ex-wife, all of his daughters and the lawyers for both his ex-wife and himself declaring Miller’s charges to be lies, misleading, and deliberate mischaracterizations of the case, and current relationship between Biedermann and his ex-wife, the dirty tactics of Miller and Murphy seem to be backfiring in the last few hours of that race, as well.
Craig Murphy, Miller’s consultant, is renowned for despicable campaign strategies and tactics. In 2014, Craig Murphy’s firm, Murphy Turner & Associates was ordered to pay a $41,000 in discovery costs in a trademark infringement case by a Bexar County state district judge. The lawsuit results from alleged trademark infringement on the Empower Texans name “Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.” Murphy Turner & Associates was caught setting up phony TEA Party orgs for the purpose of laying endorsements on Straus-ian candidates. TEC report tracking shows that Murphy Turner has received hundreds of thousands of dollars of fees from Speaker Joe Straus, directly, and from his political allies and interests.
Reliable sources tell RER that Craig Murphy, was specifically assigned to work the Miller campaign by the Straus powers after his attacks on LM champions Jonathan Stickland and Matt Schaeffer, in previous cycles.
These two stories once again underscore the lack of decency, ethics and integrity that the status quo of Texas plutocratic government is willing to display to maintain their plundering grip on the Texas government treasury and policies. RER will have more to come on Murphy Turner and Associates in future articles.
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