| Paul Sadler is the only candidate in the race on either side of the aisle who could add anything of value to our US Senate. We enthusiastically endorse him in the Democratic run-off.
Sadler's extensive legislative experience in public education and professional work on renewable energy give him a solid grounding on issues that are critical to Texas now and for the foreseeable future. He is the obvious choice in the runoff to be our Democratic nominee for US Senate, and would be the best servant in that deliberative body if elected.
Just when Gene Kelly finally stopped running, Democrats now have to contend with another pseudo-celebrity name on the ballot taking votes away from the better candidate. Grady Yarbrough seemingly snuck in to the runoff on the basis of his almost-famous last name. Ralph Yarborough the man is not. He ran twice as a Republican for statewide office. On the issues, Yarbrough is largely mainstream for a Democrat, save for his staunch support for a border wall, and suggested in a debate that the Berlin Wall was "pretty effective."
Should Ted Cruz win the Republican Senate primary (a likely and vomit-inducing scenario) it is possible for Sadler to peel off moderate support and at least break up some straight-ticket Republican voting -- if he has the resources to campaign. Sadler has struggled to raise sufficient funds; should he prevail we would like to see a more robust effort from the candidate and those party leaders who encouraged him to run in terms of raising money to mount a solid effort.
Sadler may have an opportunity to capitalize on the former solicitor general's extreme, outlandish and non-sensical conservativism and help other Democrats on the ballot. It would be a wasted opportunity if he had no means to campaign.
Burnt Orange Report endorses Paul Sadler in the Democratic runoff for US Senate and encourages all Democratic voters to cast their ballots for the experienced statesman.
Early Voting in the primary run-off is Monday July 23 through Friday July 27. Election Day is Tuesday, July 31.
Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff employed by campaigns abstain from voting on those races.