Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Texas Organizing Project endorses the Socialist for Harris County DA

I should have seen this coming and I think I see the next one coming.

Texas Organizing Project (TOP) has endorsed the Socialist running for Harris County District Attorney, Audia Jones. TOP has received a major donation from a far left donor from California. As I have said in a previous post:

Real Justice PAC has spent $425,192 which includes in-kind contributions. $280,000 was donated to Texas Organizing Project PAC, an organization that generally performs great work in the field. Real Justice have donated to three candidates for District Attorney in Bexar, Tarrant, and Harris County.

$280,000 was donated by a single donor to Real Justice PAC, an extreme far lefty from California. They also have donated over $50,000 to Audia Jones which includes in-kind donations of over $20,000 for staff. (Jones has not reported this on her campaign finance reports). Jones is from the Democratic Socialists of America, as is her husband, a sitting judge. TOP's endorsement and money has given this socialist an opportunity to run under the cover of the Democratic Party, much like LaRouche candidates have in the past. The DSA has now become the LaRouche of the party minus the signing.

TOP claims Audia is the only one that would advocate for bail reform, which is absolutely not true. This type of endorsement gives socialists a foot into the door to our party. They run as "progressives" yet will be seen as the candidate of the Democratic Party  that is more concerned about those who break the law instead of protecting those who don't.

Bali reform is needed Another Socialist in our party is not.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

GOP do yourself a favor. Remove Trump

You have been given a gift. Take it.

At the end of 2019 the Democrats in the House of Representatives gave the Republican Party a great gift, they impeached their leader, Donald Trump. They have since sent the articles of impeachment to the United States Senate and have given the Republicans a huge opportunity to save their party, their candidates running for re-election, and their dignity.

Donald Trump is a malignant growth on the once great Republican Party. He easily infected the members of the far-right Tea Party members and the remaining so-called conservatives. Prior to Trump, the Grand Old Party defended the Constitution, upheld law and order, advocated for fiscal responsibility, and promoted “conservative” American values. Now the GOP tolerates a leader of the greatest country in the world that lies every single day, mocks the disabled, tolerates racism, runs up a trillion-dollar deficit, adds $3 trillion to our national debt, coddles our enemies, and shreds the Constitution on a daily basis. Americans have slowly watched the “Party of Lincoln” dissolve into a party of liars, racists, fiscally irresponsible defenders of Mother Russia. It truly is sad.

But the Democrats have provided the Republican Party a way to save their party from the voters in the 2020 elections. There is no need to put Americans through an impeachment trial in the Senate. There is no need for Americans to watch on live TV as the Republicans in the Senate tuck tail, bow their heads, and defend this politically ignorant, law breaking, rotten human being. Instead the Republican leadership should visit with Trump and provide him an option to either leave on his own or be removed from office. The Republicans in the Senate have the upper hand in this negotiation. They have been given a golden opportunity to remove this growth from their Party and they should take it. They can convince Trump to resign and then let him blame it on the witch hunt, the Democrats, the media, and the deep state in order to save his own face. 

By convincing Trump to save face the Republicans can possibly save their party from being wiped out in the 2020 elections. The elections of 2018 should give them an idea of what is coming. In 2018 Republicans lost control of the House by a wide margin. Many Republicans, including some in Texas, have decided to quit instead of facing voters again in 2020. State Houses have been flipped even with heavily gerrymandered districts. Voter turnout was at historic highs for a midterm election. Locally, voters in Harris County wiped out every Republican judge from office. Harris County Commissioners Court flipped to Democratic control for the first time in decades.  The Democrats are now targeting for control of the Texas House. All indicators lead to another wipe out of the remaining Republicans in office in 2020. The Republican Party needs to do something.

There is offer on the table from the Democrats. The Republican leadership should take the offer, remove this growth called Donald Trump from their Party, take their chances with Vice President Pence, and hopefully have an opportunity to repair and rebuild their once great Party of Lincoln.

Or they can take their chances with the voters in 2020. They shouldn’t gamble. Accept the offer. Remove Trump from the office of the President of the United States.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Constable Chris Diaz's cousin quits the race for his seat

NOTE: The Harris County Democratic Party has changed their mind. The unqualified Jerry Garcia will still be on the ballot and the votes will be counted.

I've reached out to Constable Diaz but did not hear back from him.

Constable Chris Diaz had a strange challenger, his wife's cousin, Jerry Garcia. What made it even stranger Garcia had absolutely no experience in law enforcement. None. Zero. Zip. And to top it off the other challenger to Constable Diaz was also named Jerry Garcia! The second Garcia is actually a Lt in the Constable's office. He has a lifetime of law enforcement experience. He is well qualified for the job unlike Diaz's cousin.

Unqualified Garcia wasn't actually running. He had no website. He wasn't going to raise money. He didn't appoint a treasurer. He wasn't campaigning. And now, he has quit the race but not early enough to have his name removed from the ballot. Any votes he receives will not be counted but mission accomplished! Confusion has been created on the ballot.

Strange? Coincidence? Or was this a coordinated effort to confuse voters by Diaz, his cousin, and his wife? Not quite sure how we could determine this. Maybe a civil suit could do it?

Both Garcia's will be on the ballot. The qualified Garcia will be on the top of the ballot as Lt. Jerry Garcia. Go vote for him if you live in that district.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Raising Campaign Cash: Harris County Candidates

Republicans are in red

The incumbent District Attorney has a significant advantage over her competitors with $385,908 COH compared to $23,431 combined from Jones, Cloud, and Overstreet.

Christian Menefee raised a significant amount of money....but $50,000 came from his own pocket.

Ed Gonzalez has a huge lead in this race. As does Michael Moore. Rodney Ellis has been sitting on a $3M war chest for some time now.

Alan Rosen has a commanding lead over his opponents with over $944,000 COH. There is no competition in this race. Rosen has served his district very well.

Chris Diaz is mired in controversy. He has a great challenger, Jerry Garcia, who has excellent experience but he has not filed his report yet.

Michel Pappillion* for Constable will not raise or spend more than $500.

May Marker for Constable has no opponent.

District Attorney
Kim Ogg (Inc)$385,908$106,572$83,276$68,489
Audia Jones$29,973$49,186$29,177$0
Carvana Cloud$16,889$33,881$17,382$0
Todd Overstreet$0$0$0$0
Lori Deangelo$500$0$2,012$0
Mary Huffman$0$0$41,089$0
Lloyd Oliver$0$0$0$0
County Attorney
Vince Ryan (Inc)$101,039$33,655$18,779$0
Christian Menefee$128,547$135,579$41,249$50,000
John Nation$0$0$1,369$0
Ed Gonzalez (inc)$317,264$95,636$47,317$0
Jerome Moore$12,698$28,595$15,896$0
Harry Zamora$0$4,500$18,177$0
Joe Danna$9,857$78,820$39,274$7,000
Randy Rush$0$1,000$1,000$0
Paul DayNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Tax Assessor
Ann Bennett (Inc)$39,845$20,965$8,734$0
Jolanda Jones$16,320$16,320$1,250$0
Jack Terrence$0$1,000$1,400$0
Chris Daniel$0$0$1,250$0
Commissioner Pct 1
Rodney Ellis$3,881,740$122,631$396,998$0
Maria Jackson$19,353$110,230$71,241$8,000
Commissioner Pct 3
Diana MartinezNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Zaher EisaNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Erik HassonNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Michael Moore$199,052$209,391$13,248$0
Morris Overstreet$15,925$17,950$2,025$0
Kristi Thibaut$45,761$51,180$4,536$5,000
Constable Pct 1
Alan Rosen$944,281$719,338$60,120$0
Cedrick CollierNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Gilberto Reyna$3,526$7,416$7,579$0
Perry Wesley$0$0$529$529
Constable Pct 2
Chris Diaz$28,989$77,411$43,202$92
Lt Jerry Garcia$17,305$31,768$21,239$0
George GoffneyNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Alberto Rivera$2,096$7,551$6,285$200
Jerry Garciaquitquitquitquit
Constable Pct 3
Sherman Eagleton$110,937$30,255$25,626$82,550
Deborah Florus$8,999$15,100$15,841$0
Ken JonesNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Michel Pappillion*
John Portillo$21$3,366$21,441$43,253
Eric Reed$0$0$0$0
Constable Pct 4
Jeff McGowen$0$0$1,019$1,200
Constable Pct 5
Ted Heap$287,366$29,925$19,484$0
Mark HarrisonNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Mark Miller$0$1,365$2,370$0
Randy NewmanNot FiledNot FiledNot FiledNot Filed
Constable Pct 5
Silvia Trevino$18,587$33,034$28,627$0
Joseph Guerra$641$6,488$2,965$0
Constable Pct 7
May Walker$28,978$5,925$3,487$0