Young Conservatives of Texas Releases More 2014 Endorsements

Jan 21, 2014 1 Comment ›› YCT State Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2014

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX — Today, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) released several new endorsements for the 2014 Republican Primary.

“We are excited to see so many conservatives running for office in 2014,” said YCT State Chairman Jeff Morris. “If we are successful this cycle, we could hit a critical mass necessary for conservative change in the Texas Legislature.”

Below is a list of newly endorsed candidates:

SD 2 – Bob HallSD 7 – Paul Bettencourt

SD 10 – Konni Burton

SD 16 – Don Huffines

HD 5 – Rep. Bryan Hughes

HD 8 – Bobby Vickery

HD 12 – Timothy Delasandro

HD 15 – Mark Keough

HD 16 – Ted Seago

HD 19 – Rep. James White

HD 24 – Rep. Greg Bonnen

HD 53 – Karen Harris

HD 55 – Molly White

HD 59 – Danny Pelton

HD 65 – Rep. Ron SimmonsHD 66 – Matt Shaheen

HD 67 – Rep. Jeff Leach

HD 69 – Rep. James Frank

HD 70 – Rep. Scott Sanford

HD 102 – Rep. Stefani Carter

HD 112 – Jared Patterson

HD 121 – Matt Beebe

HD 129 – Briscoe Cain

HD 130 – Rep. Allan Fletcher

HD 134 – Bonnie Parker

SCOTX Pl. 1 – Nathan Hecht

SCOTX Pl. 6 – Jeff Brown

SBOE 7 – David Bradley

Below are the candidates previously endorsed for this cycle:

Lt. Governor – Sen. Dan PatrickAttorney General – Sen. Ken Paxton

Comptroller – Sen. Glenn Hegar

Ag. Commissioner – Hon. Sid Miller

Railroad Commissioner – Hon. Wayne Christian

HD 4 – Stuart Spitzer

HD 6 – Rep. Matt Schaefer

HD 7 – Rep. David Simpson

HD 33 – Rep. Scott Turner

HD 61 – Rep. Phil King

HD 68 – Rep. Drew Springer

HD 83 – Rep. Charles Perry

HD 89 – Rep. Jodie Laubenberg

SCOTX Pl. 8 – Phil JohnsonSD 4 – Rep. Steve Toth

SD 8 – Rep. Van Taylor

SD 25 – Sen. Donna Campbell

SD 30 – Sen. Craig Estes

HD 91 – Rep. Stephanie Klick

HD 92 – Rep. Jonathan Stickland

HD 93 – Rep. Matt Krause

HD 96 – Rep. Bill Zedler

HD 97 – Rep. Craig Goldman

HD 98 – Rep. Giovanni Capriglione

HD 106 – Rep. Pat Fallon

HD 115 – Matt Rinaldi

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit www.yct.org

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With Exception of Miller, Ag. Commission Race Full of Liberals

Jan 14, 2014 No Comments ›› YCT State Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2014

Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director
Mobile: (281) 460-8545
Email: [email protected]

AUSTIN, TX — A few months back, Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) issued an early endorsement for Former Rep. Sid Miller in his race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner. Today, YCT gives an in-depth look at several other contenders in the race.

In this packed political season, many veteran politicos and newcomers to the arena are attempting to re-brand themselves and create a false conservative facade to show Texas voters. This can be seen clearly in the race for Texas Ag. Commissioner.

Tommy Merritt

Former Rep. Tommy Merritt was consistently ranked amongst the most liberal Republicans in the Texas Legislature until conservative Rep. David Simpson defeated him—twice. Texans in his district rejected Merritt’s brand of liberalism; now the rest of the state has the chance.

During his time in the legislature, Merritt scored extremely low scores on YCT’s ratings of the Texas Legislature, earning scores in the 40s three times and a career score of 56.

Eric Opiela

Eric Opiela, the presumed runoff opponent of Sid Miller in the Republican primary, is no stranger to Republican politics. He is a twice-failed candidate for the Texas House, a former Republican Party of Texas staffer, and was a key player in the 2012 redistricting catastrophe that lost seats for Republicans and drew strong conservatives out of office.

Opiela was Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas in the mid-2000s when Republicans came within one seat of losing the majority in the Texas House. He then decided to come to the aid of liberal Speaker Straus targeting strong conservatives across the state through the redistricting process.

Opiela has shown his true colors, authoring despicable emails about conservative and tea party activists—the same people he hopes will support him. Copies of these can be seen here on RedState. Now Opiela wants Texans to believe that instead of being a liberal Austin lawyer, he’s a born a bred rancher from South Texas.

J. Allen Carnes

While J. Allen Carnes is running on the Republican ticket, he is listed as a ‘Hard Democrat’ in the GOP Data Center. This is not surprising as 2012 was his first time voting in a Republican Primary.

In addition to helping Democrats with his votes, he has also donated to three Democratic Congressmen with GOP challengers, including most recently backing Congressman Gallego over former Congressman Canseco.

Carnes’ Campaign Treasurer, Janey Briscoe Marmion, the daughter of Democrat Governor Dolph Briscoe, is also a major donor to liberal candidates, the Texas Democratic Party and has direct ties to Battleground Texas.

“The choice in this race is clear. Sid Miller is the true conservative champion and real ag man in the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner,” said YCT State Chairman, Jeff Morris. “With a lifelong history in agriculture from ranching and teaching vocational agriculture to his 9-time World Champion Cowboy buckles. Miller’s consistent conservative voting record in the Texas House and his tenure as Chairman of the Livestock and Agriculture committee show his solid commitment to the future of Texas Agriculture.”

Young Conservatives of Texas is a non-partisan organization that has promoted conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The State’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 20 legislative sessions. For more information about YCT, please visit 

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