(By The Rockwall News Publisher J.J. Smith) – There are at least five reasons why you should NOT vote for Frisco Republican John Keating to represent Rockwall County and portions of Collin County in the March 1 Republican Primary Election for District 33 in the Texas House of Representatives.
First and, perhaps the most obvious, Keating is a Frisco resident and Frisco City Council member. As such he’s been absorbed with Frisco and Collin County issues for years and cannot possibly know as much about Rockwall County as either of our excellent Rockwall County candidates, Heath Mayor Lorne Liechty and Heath City Council Member Justin Holland.
Keating only just started learning about Rockwall County issues last year when he decided to run. Liechty and Holland have lived here for decades, serving Rockwall County residents not only in elected positions but also with Helping Hands, in their churches and more. Well-known and respected across Rockwall Co., either Liechty or Holland would far better represent Rockwall County in Austin.
A quick look at the Endorsements page of Keating’s website makes it clear that all of his support comes from Frisco and Collin Co. The majority of support for Liechty and Holland comes from Rockwall County.
Second, the majority of House District 33 Republican residents live in Rockwall County so it only makes sense that our State Representative comes from where the most residents reside.
It’s been many years since Rockwall County was represented by one of our own in Austin. Our current Representative, Scott Turner of Frisco, was elected in 2012 in the new HD33. Before that, Collin County resident Rep. Jodie Laubenburg of Parker represented our county for many years.
The time has come for a Rockwall County resident to represent us in Austin, who knows our problems here and will ensure our voices are heard.
Third, as long as Rep. Joe Straus is the Speaker of the Texas House, anyone endorsed by Empower Texans – as Keating is – will not accomplish much of anything in Austin.
Empower Texans, also known as Texans For Fiscal Responsibility, has targeted Straus for years. He is Texas’ first Jewish Speaker. The organization founded by and financed by Evangelical Christians say he’s not conservative enough. Although ET has been successful in helping to get a dozen or so ultra-conservative, Evangelical legislators elected – including State Sen. Bob Hall in Senate District 2, which includes Rockwall Co. – few if any of these legislators has even had a bill passed since they’ve been in office. That’s because they are all “owned” by Empower Texans’ main benefactor, Midland millionaire and Evangelical Tim Dunn.
These include the Collin County State Representatives who have endorsed Keating – Scott Sanford, Scott Leach and Matt Sheehan – as well as Reps. Pat Fallon, Matt Rinaldi, Jonathan Strickland, Matt Krause, Tony Tinderholt and more.
Strauss was first elected unanimously as Speaker Jan. 13, 2009. He was overwhelmingly re-elected to a fourth two-year term Jan. 13, 2015, and he’s not going anywhere soon.
So why elect a candidate like Keating who can’t accomplish anything because he is aligned with and controlled by one of Straus’ primary enemies? If you were Speaker and were attacked regularly, would you help someone who is supported by those same people and organizations?
Fourth, his primary support comes from a coalition of political groups which engage in highly negative campaigning which have admitted publicly they want to take over Texas politics: Empower Texans, Grassroots America, Texas Eagle Forum, Texas Home School Coalition and Texas Right To Life.
The problem with that? They own the majority of the candidates they endorse and raise money for. Unless a candidate or legislator does exactly what they tell them to do, they will attempt to take out that candidate by cutting off his or her financial support, find and finance another opponent, send out hit pieces, make negative robo calls, run inaccurate radio ads, picket campaign events and more. They also announced publicly that any House member who votes for Straus as Speaker would get a 50 percent deduction off their conservative rating on their website – regardless of how conservative that legislator actually is.
Although they have been successful in ousting such long-term Republicans as State Senators Bob Deuell, John Carona and Rep. Lance Gooden using tactics often described as “bullying,” those legislators they’ve elected have been largely unsuccessful in Texas House and Senate chambers.