TX-17: Bill Flores Lies, Tries to Backtrack From His Lie for the Second Time in Two Months

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The Dallas Morning News reports that Republican candidate Bill Flores, running against Democrat Chet Edwards in Texas-17, is backtracking on his suggestion that the federal government should not be guaranteeing loans for the construction and expansion of nuclear power plants. From their article, “GOP House candidate Bill Flores backtracks on loans for nuclear power plants”:

Nuclear power is a key issue in Edwards' conservative-leaning Central Texas district, home to Comanche Peak nuclear power plant. The plant is being considered for expansion, and most utilities say loan guarantees are essential for building new plants because of the high costs of financing the projects.

The Flores campaign initially called Edwards' claims dishonest and denied ever speaking against the loan guarantees. But after the Edwards' staff released the audio and specifics of Flores' comments at a Waco tea party event in February, Flores aides said he had changed his mind since then.

Edwards' spokeswoman Megan Jacobs said, “Mr. Flores cannot hide from his real position, no matter how hard he tries.”

Let's go through the timeline again:

  • Flores made his original statements — about how the federal government shouldn't be in the business of guaranteeing federal loans — back in February. As the DMN article mentions, the Chet Edwards campaign has the audio, and released it on YouTube.
  • After Edwards released the audio, Flores switched sides. Flores' campaign manager, the utterly unintelligent Matt MacKowiak, argued the following in the DMN story:

    Mackowiak said that after the Waco event, Flores spoke to several power companies that own nuclear facilities and they stressed the need for the loan guarantees

    You know why Flores didn't say the right thing the first time? Because Bill Flores an NRCC-recruit who doesn't know a thing about the district.

Great to see the Chet Edwards campaign continue to take it to Flores like this. This is why Republicans can never and will never defeat Edwards — he's too good at what he does, and they're too terrible.

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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