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HD 97: Is Mark Shelton a Dirty, Rotten, Lying, Cheater?

by: Phillip Martin

Fri Nov 09, 2007 at 10:07 AM CST

Via quorum report, we learn that a smear robo-call on election day on HD 97 attacked Republican Bob Leonard while implicating Craig Goldman...but may have in fact been carried out by the second-place finishing Republican, Mark Shelton.

If you have a subscription to Quorum Report, you can hear the ad, but here's the script itself:

This is a voter alert. Please pay close attention. Bob Leonard does not want you to hear this message. Craig Goldman supporters recently revealed that as a state representative in the mid 1980s, Bob Leonard voted to raise your taxes. One of his last votes was to increase taxes on most household goods. Cars, guns -- almost anything you can think of -- Bob wanted to tax. Maybe that is why he quit to become a lobbyist after making that vote. Today cast your vote for Texas and against Bob Leonard.
The language in this script tracks with language for a Mark Shelton direct mail piece. The Shelton campaign hasn't commented. According to the Quorum Report, the Texas Ethics Commission doesn't have jurisdiction -- the Public Utility Commission (PUC) does, and the PUC has indicated that, yes, while the robo-call violated rules and standards, unless they can determine who made the call, there is nothing they can do.

But there is something you can do: donate money to Dan Barrett's race TODAY! Vote for an ethical leader in Dan Barrett, and help ensure that Republicans' dirty campaigns don't make their way to Austin...again.


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