Written by Alice Tripp Tuesday, 19 October 2010 15:18
Within a few minutes after posting the 2010 TSRA General Election Voter's Guide, I received a caustic email from a Democrat, a Republican, and one really ticked-off Libertarian. This is my 6th election cycle with TSRA and the controversy is not new and in a free country should be expected and even appreciated.
It's good to know that TSRA members, all proud Texans, work hard for their candidates and are passionate about voting. If this weren't the case, we'd all be in a whole lot of trouble. Apathy is the end of personal freedoms.
So we're yelled at for being too this, not enough that, and just down right too stupid for something else.
I graciously, sometimes less than graciously, answer every question about candidate scoring and candidate endorsements. I provide information to support every decision but if it's not what you want to hear for some other reason, then it is what it is. You send them to Austin and I work with them there and let you know how they're doing on one issue and one issue alone.
Also, I watch for candidates to slip up and contradict their stand on 2nd Amendment issues and in today's world with today's technology, I'm emailed the clip before the person can make it off the stage. Remember Clayton Williams? He became the symbol for campaign slips.
I was sent a clip earlier this year by a TSRA member at a city council meeting in the Panhandle where former State Rep. Delwin Jones tried to explain why he voted against concealed carry law fifteen years ago. He failed to mention why he voted for all seven or eight of the gutting amendments. All of it was poppycock.
Who woulda thought we'd remember and share the information about his voting record years later? By the way, Rep. Jones never sought "redemption" and the only candidate questionnaire I ever received from him was about as bad as they get. So he lost in the 2010 Primary after all those years.
So look for the Voter's Guide on the PAC web page and look over the home page there also. We are making changes to the guide as needed and adding comments to the home page as needed.
Written by Alice Tripp Sunday, 29 August 2010 12:35
Attention TSRA members:
Available information on various political races can be found at www.tsrapac.com The TSRA-Political Action Committee is kept seperate from TSRA, the non-profit association, as required by law.
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