Railroad Commish Candidate Vows Not to Pee on Electric Fence

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Oh dear Lord. When Railroad Commissioner candidate Roland Sledge saw Warren Chisum's B-movie style campaign ad featuring shotguns and hard-hats, I guess Sledge figured he needed to really up the ante to catch voters' attention. Here's his entry in the 5-way Republican primary for Railroad Commish:  

Ren & Stimpy have declined to comment on the video.

Now, to be fair, the Texas Railroad Commission probably has more to do with peeing on fences than the actual railroad. Slagle' experience in the actual oil and gas industry may make him legitimately qualified for the job (arguably a risk in Republican primaries). But in reality, serving on the Railroad Commission is about refusing to regulate our oil and gas industries and threatening the EPA.

The Texas Tribune reports that at a forum in Wichita Falls, candidates were tripping over each other to diss the EPA and President Obama:

“Let me tell you, these people can ruin your life,” state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, said last week at a forum in Wichita Falls that was organized by the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. “If they ever require an EPA permit before you drill a well, your lease will expire.”

Roland Sledge, a Houston lawyer who has specialized in oil and gas for 35 years, spoke repeatedly of the “relentless assault” by the EPA on the oil and gas industry.

Christi Craddick, another candidate, went up another level. “Let's get rid of [President] Obama if we do nothing else,” said Craddick, a lawyer specializing in oil, gas and water and who is the daughter of state Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland. “This man hates the state. … I want to make sure he gets on a solar-powered airplane and flies someplace else,” like China.

Lest we forget, the Environmental Protection Agency is tasked with protecting human health and the environment. They're making sure that we have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, healthy land to farm, and as little hazardous waste in your backyard as possible. Evidently, these Republicans want to do away with all of those things. But that's cool, because we can privatize the air, right?

Now that Chisum and Sledge have made their mark on TV, I can only wonder what Christi “Daughter of Tom” Craddick has up her sleeve. Maybe she can turn her “Send Obama to China” comment into a TV spot. I'd encourage all remaining candidates to refer to the single best commissioner ad of all time ever, Dale Peterson's ad for Alabama Ag Commissioner.

Remember, Republicans, if the Democrats are laughing at your ads, that means they're working!  


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. Peeing Contest
    The Railroad Commission lets a shale gas operator take our property and your property if we (or you) won't sign their shale gas leases…they do it with this thing called a Rule 37 Spacing Exception where we must show up in Austin on a specific day to “defend” our right to not sign a gas lease with Chesapeake (in this case).

    So, we spend our own money on gas and meals, drive for 4 hours and pay for a hotel room to attend this “Hearing.” But we don't know why we should have to defend owning our own “Minerals” and not want to “Lease” them to Chesapeake. We just can't believe that. And that's our main argument. Then they cross-examine us and interrogate us on the stand. That's upsetting to us. But then we go home. And wait for the decision that isn't made for a year.

    We also spend our own money($200) on a transcript. Finally, they decide. And they say, “Sorry, you lose. Aubrey McClendon now owns your property.”

    Then they [the Railroad Commissioners] say, “Oh, certainly. You can “Appeal the Ruling.” You will have 21 days, only. The clock is ticking. So, hurry up! So, we repeat it all over again in writing and spend our money on postage and federal express packages and writing a good, strong argument. But not to worry about that, they say, they are working to protect our property rights.  It's their job.

    And then, they remind us, in writing, that we won't be able to speak about their decision that day, so there's no real need to attend the meeting. Might as well stay home. So, we stay home.  And then, the day comes, and they swiftly say, “Case Closed. So sorry. You still lose.”

    They don't tell us this part, but we figure it all out finally….”Chesapeake had a really weak case, in fact, they had NO case, but mostly they just had 5 more attorneys than you did.” [you had “0” attorneys.]”

    AND they had us (the Railroad Commission of Texas) close by. We are all one big, happy Oil and Gas family.

    Peeing all over us.

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