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Young Conservatives of Texas Issues New List of Extremist Endorsements

by: Joseph Vogas

Thu Jan 23, 2014 at 00:00 PM CST

Young Conservatives of Texas, a club for young Texans who may believe Young Republicans are too moderate, and has produced leaders like Rep. Jonathan Stickland's former Chief of Staff and sponsored events on college campuses such as "Catch an Illegal Immigrant" have released their second wave of endorsements for the 2014 general election cycle.

The first wave of endorsements mainly focused on incumbents who were seeking re-election. In the first wave, Young Conservatives of Texas backed only two challengers to incumbents in races for the Texas Legislature as well as Sen. Dan Patrick who is challenging incumbent David Dewhurst for the office of Lieutenant Governor. In the second wave of endorsements, however, The Young Conservatives of Texas has found many Republican legislators who are not extreme enough for their organization.

Young Conservatives of Texas are endorsing challengers to nine members of the Texas legislature. Read them below the jump.

-SD2, Bob Hall over Sen. Deuell. Hall is a TEA Party activist and veteran. He has not held office before and appears to lack the necessary funding to mount a credible campaign. This is easily the most confusing and random endorsement of the second round.
-SD16, Don Huffines over Sen. John Carona.
-HD8, Bobby Vickery over Rep. Byron Cook.
-HD12, Timothy Delasandro over Rep. Kyle Kacal.
-HD55, Molly White over Rep. Ralph Sheffield.
-HD59, Danny Pelton over Rep. JD Sheffield. Rep. JD Sheffield joined Democrats in supporting several amendments to HB2 during the special session, earning him the ire of many conservative activists. What Rep. Ralph Sheffield did to offend the conservative base is unclear. It is possible some members just decided to oust both Sheffields to make sure they ousted the moderate one.
-HD112, Jared Patterson over Rep. Angie Chen Button. If Jared Patterson wins his primary against Rep. Button, this would be the Republican Party removing a female minority member in favor of a white male, meaning the caucus would lose a significant portion of what little diversity they have.
-HD121, Matt Beebe over Speaker Joe Straus. The Speaker does not appear to have smoothed things over with the conservative activist base.
-HD134, Bonnie Parker over Rep. Sarah Davis. Rep. Davis was the only Republican to vote against the special session's HB2 and was recently endorsed by Equality Texas for supporting some rights for LGBT Texans.

Below is a complete list of all candidates who have been endorsed by the Young Conservatives of Texas for 2014:

Lt. Governor - Sen. Dan Patrick
Attorney General - Sen. Ken Paxton
Comptroller - Sen. Glenn Hegar
Ag. Commissioner - Hon. Sid Miller
Railroad Commissioner - Hon. Wayne Christian

Supreme Court of Texas, Pl. 1 - Nathan Hecht
Supreme Court of Texas, Pl. 6 - Jeff Brown
Supreme Court of Texas, Pl. 8 - Phil Johnson

SD 2 - Bob Hall
SD 4 - Rep. Steve Toth
SD 7 - Paul Bettencourt
SD 8 - Rep. Van Taylor
SD 10 - Konni Burton
SD 16 - Don Huffines
SD 25 - Sen. Donna Campbell
SD 30 - Sen. Craig Estes

HD 4 - Stuart Spitzer
HD 5 - Rep. Bryan Hughes
HD 6 - Rep. Matt Schaefer
HD 7 - Rep. David Simpson
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 33 - Rep. Scott Turner
HD 53 - Karen Harris
HD 55 - Molly White
HD 59 - Danny Pelton
HD 61 - Rep. Phil King
HD 65 - Rep. Ron Simmons
HD 66 - Matt Shaheen
HD 67 - Rep. Jeff Leach
HD 68 - Rep. Drew Springer
HD 69 - Rep. James Frank
HD 70 - Rep. Scott Sanford
HD 83 - Rep. Charles Perry
HD 89 - Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
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 102 - Rep. Stefani Carter
HD 112 - Jared Patterson
HD 115 - Matt Rinaldi
HD 121 - Matt Beebe
HD 129 - Briscoe Cain
HD 130 - Rep. Allan Fletcher
HD 134 - Bonnie Parker

State Board of Education 7 - David Bradley

See a complete list of who is running for partisan office across the state of Texas in our Burnt Orange Report Candidate Trackers:

- Statewide Offices
- US Congress
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- Texas House
- State Board of Education

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