TDP Highlights Differences Between Paul Sadler & Grady Yarbrough

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In recent days, Texas Democrats have received two communications from the Texas Democratic Party regarding US Senate runoff. Largely overshadowed by the Dewhurst v Cruz TV onslaught (and Yarbrough's 25k TV ad buy), the runoff between Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough will be decided Tuesday and the TDP wants Democrats to take notice of their records and vote. 

In an email sent (again) today, the TDP has stopped short of endorsing Paul Sadler but is making it clear that there are key differences between the candidates that Democratic voters should take note of before voting. Below is the Party's explanation for distributing this information. The side-by-side comparison is included in the extended entry. 

Some people raised concerns about a recent email we sent comparing the records of Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough – the two individuals seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate. We’d like to make it clear that the email was not an endorsement of a candidate, as the Texas Democratic Party does not endorse in the primary. 
 
We did however; find it problematic that one of the candidates has not filed the required federal campaign finance reports that would have disclosed where his funding is coming from. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, Yarbrough “hasn’t kept up with Federal Elections Commission campaign finance filings […] There is no documented proof about how his campaign is funded.”
 
The same candidate has also twice run for office as a Republican and has taken positions that are more consistent with the platform of the Republican Party. When asked about his position on immigration, Yarbrough said that the Berlin Wall was “pretty effective.”  

In light of these extenuating circumstances, we felt compelled to share that information with you, and re-send the comparison of the two candidates. There is too much at stake.

– Texas Democratic Party email, 7/30/12 

 

Paul Sadler 

Political/Legislative Experience

 

•         Lifelong Democrat

•         1991-2003 Texas House of Representatives (D-Henderson)

•         1995-2003 Chairman of the Public Education Committee

•         1997 Chairman of the Select Committee on State Revenue and Public School Finance

•         2001 Chairman of the Select Committee on Public School Employee Health Insurance

•         Legislative Budget Board Member

 

 Grady Yarbrough

Political/Legislative Experience

 

Run unsuccessfully as a Republican for land commissioner. Twice.

 

 

Major Legislative Accomplishments

 

•         Re-wrote the entire Education Code in 1995 (known as the “Ratliff-Sadler Act”);

•         Enacted public school employee health insurance for the first time in the history of the State;

•         Passed a $3.8 billion education package, which at the time included the largest property tax cut in the history of the State;

•         Provided teacher pay raises for three consecutive sessions for the first time in the history of the State;

•         Established critical need programs for prekindergarten and kindergarten;

•         Established the ninth grade initiative targeting students at risk of drop-out;

•         Increased funding for public school facilities.

 

Major Legislative Accomplishments

 

 

 

 

 

NONE

Recognitions for Legislative Work

 

•         Was named four times (1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001) to the prestigious Texas Monthly “Ten Best” legislators list.

 

•         Was named one of three “Outstanding Legislators” during each of his legislative sessions by the Dallas Morning News.

 

•         Received the John B. Connally “Award for Excellence in Education” from the Just For The Kids Foundation.

 

Recognitions for Legislative Work

 

 

 

No legislative work.

Newspaper Endorsements

 

Houston ChroniclePaul Sadler is the clear choice in this important race

 

We wholeheartedly endorse Sadler to carry the Democratic banner in November.

 

San Antonio Express News: Sadler an excellent pick for Democrats

 

“Former state Rep. Paul Sadler, 57, has a stellar record of service in public office. His opponent, 75-year-old Grady Yarbrough, doesn't.

 

“During his six terms as a legislator, Sadler earned a reputation as smart and hard-working.

 

Dallas Morning News: Paul Sadler deserves Democrats’ nomination for Senate

 

“Texas Democrats have a proven legislator in former state Rep. Paul Sadler, who clearly deserves his party’s nomination in the race to replace retiring GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

 

Austin American-Statesman: Dems Should Pick Sadler for U.S. Senate

“… Paul Sadler is the clear choice. His legislative skill and talent can’t be denied.

 

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

“The Star-Telegram Editorial Board recommends Paul Sadler in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.”

 

Austin Chronicle: Endorses Sadler

“In the Texas House (1991-2003), Sadler was a champion of education and health care, and a budget maven…He's a strong candidate who will make the case for Texas Democratic values. 

Newspaper Endorsements

 

 

 

 

NONE

AFL-CIO Endorsed

 

Yes 

AFL-CIO Endorsed

 

No

 

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3 Comments

  1. Thumb on the scale
    For the record: Paul Sadler is by far the better candidate. I was proud to vote for him today, and I hope that he wins by a landslide.

    But even so, those party emails crossed the line. OK, they're not officially endorsing Sadler, but they're endorsing Sadler. Having Sadler give a major speech at the state convention was already iffy. This sort of widely distributed endorsement should not be allowed.

    When it comes to primary candidates, voters are supposed to tell the party who to support, not the other way around.  

    • disagree
      The TDP has a responsibility to make sure a Republican doesn't get our nomination.

      Kudos Chairman Hinojosa.

      • This from a party with “Democratic” in the name
        The primary voters, not the party leadership, have the responsibility to nominate a credible candidate in every race.  Of course, sometimes the voters get it wrong.  

        As much as I admire Sadler, I was appalled to see the Texas Democratic Party give him the stage at the state convention, and even more appalled by the party e-mails intending to affect the outcome of the primary runoff.

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