RERresearch uncovered two donations to Democrats by Texas GOP Chairman candidate, Rick Figueroa.
As previously reported by RER, Figueroa gave a donation to Democrat Kristi Thibaut during the 2006 general election when she was attempting to turn a red seat blue. She eventually lost to Republican Jim Murphy (R-Houston RER59). In 2009, Figueroa donated to Democrat Gene Locke in the Houston’s mayor’s race.
In the heat of a furious, unforeseen campaign to replace former chair, Tom Mechler, a candidates forum for the two candidates vying to replace Mechler, Figueroa and James Dickey of Travis County, took place at the headquarters of the Harris County GOP, Tuesday, May 30.
Based on the reporting of RagingElephantsRadio.com, the candidates were asked if they have ever given to a candidate or organization whose mission is counter to the principles and planks of the RPT platform. Specifically, Democrats. The question was generated from the audience in attendance.
Figueroa admitted he gave a political contribution to Planned Parenthood Democrat, Thibaut, in her race against Murphy. In fact, he stated he was “very proud” of the contribution.
His reasoning? Thibaut’s father was his little league coach.
Figueroa didn’t finish the question strong, and the audience wasn’t thrilled, as he stated that “I’d do it, again.”
It’s a good question to ask if this situation were to happen while he was holding the office of Texas GOP Chair, would he “do it, again?” Would Rick Figueroa give to a Democratic candidate as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas? What if Thibaut’s dad, his little league coach, just popped up again for the same reason? His daughter is running for office.
After losing to Murphy in the 2006 general election, Thibaut went on to become a lobbyist for ACORN.
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