Major Newspaper Endorsements Continue Piling Up For Statewide Dems

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Since we last checked in on endorsements in major statewide races, Democrats have continued to pull in impressive nods from newspapers across Texas.

Here are some of the latest endorsements, which serve as a reminder that up and down the ballot, Democrats are best suited for the challenges facing Texas right now.

The Austin American-Statesman endorsed Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor in a write-up that directly took on her extremist opponent Dan Patrick:

Where Van de Putte knows how to reach across the aisle, the confrontational Patrick, 64, shows more interest in using his conservative majority to dominate, bully and ram through legislation than in seeking bipartisan consensus.

The Houston Chronicle endorsed for Attorney General, in a write-up that slammed Ken Paxton over his illegal securities trading. The entire endorsement piece is worth a read.

Democratic candidate Sam Houston is the best choice on the ballot. This balanced, professional attitude should help win over some traditionally Republican voters, who find themselves with a troubling candidate.

State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, puts forth the persona of a Sunday school teacher but has a history of lawbreaking and questionable business practices that should disqualify him in the minds of Texans.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also endorsed Sam Houston, again emphasizing why Paxton is unfit for the job:

The Republican nominee, lawyer and state Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney, is undeserving of consideration. In May, state securities regulators found Paxton sent clients to an investment firm without registering or disclosing his own paid role. No candidate to lead “the people’s law firm” should ever have misled a client, a state board or the people of Texas.

Last but certainly not least, the Dallas Morning News endorsed Mike Collier for Comptroller:

Collier promises a reformer’s zeal toward the comptroller’s office, which swung and missed wildly with its 2011 revenue estimate to the Legislature. That resulted in needlessly deep cuts to public education, the very reason Collier said he was moved to enter the race. He vows to issue quarterly revenue snapshots, well beyond the biennial reports the constitution requires and more in line with modern accounting principles. He also vows a watchdog role that would guard against the loose practices found in the Texas Enterprise Fund.

These endorsements are a reminder that Texas voters would indeed be wise to look at the qualifications, experience, and records of the candidates in each of the statewide races and decide based on merit who should govern our state.


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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 Comment

  1. MS Haenschen,
    I thought that you might get inspired to write an article after following the links and
    reading this below:
    The TX Democrat MIKE COLLIER running for Comptroller has won the endorsements of MOST of the larger Newspapers in the state and has a hilarious advertisement and video with this writeup in the Chronicle: October 13, 2014 Houston Chronicle – Texas Politics By Lauren McGaughy
    AND Check out his colorful Endorsements signage posted on his website:

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