Leeson: Empower Texans politicians like state Sen. Charles Perry must be nervous heading into 2020
OSTX’s Jay Leeson appeared on Lubbock’s KAMC 28 Talking Points with Bryan Mudd to discuss the Empower Texans and their 2018 Texas GOP Primary Election debacle. The shady organization went 2-14 in Texas House races across tand 0-3 in House and Senate races in the Panhandle.
But how did Empower lose so badly? They made the wrong voting bloc mad, a bloc that happens to be pretty good at educating their communities: teachers.
Especially in the Panhandle.
And what happens in the Panhandle doesn’t stay in the Panhandle…
So, what comes next? An excerpt of the segment is transcripted below:
Mudd: Has any of this (Empower Texans) influence pushed it’s way into Lubbock County or is this just state races or what?
Leeson: Well, it’s been here. It’s been here. If you go back and you look at Charles Perry’s 2014 Texas Senate race, you could argue that a third to half of his campaign contributions in that race came from groups like Empower and its allies. Now, that sets up an interesting situation coming on for 2020. Can there be a name that jumps into that Senate race…
Leeson: … based out of Lubbock, where there’s 40% of the votes in Senate District 28? Can you get a Bill McKay to jump into that race? Will McKay, a well-known name, well-known family name in this community, or maybe Mayor Dan Pope, who, by that point, says, “I’ve done what I can do with the city.”
If there’s a community that’s suspicious of an incumbent, because at least a third or half of their fundraising comes from these very groups, then you can see a race picking up steam.
Mudd: Bill may have a problem doing that now, though. Because of the backlash that we saw in the Lubbock County races. He was not particularly enthused with any plans to cut things off at 4%, and then there’s been a taxation question that the voters threw back at him.
Leeson: Well, you know, it’s funny to hear these guys talk about long and be all for 4% when I’m also going to get all these roads done. I mean, that’s what you call borrow-and-spend conservatism. That’s where that’s going to lead to. And Lubbock must … If Lubbock leads the way, with all these (surrounding) rural-counties. If Lubbock County goes in and says, “We’re for the 4% cap,” those problems in those rural counties, where we talk about cartel activity, where we talk about a lot of unseemly problems that they can’t deal with because they’re already too cash-strapped, with all sorts of mandates that aren’t funded by the state. There’s no cattleguard gate around Lubbock County. Memo to Lubbock County commissioners.