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Donnie Dippel a Man of the People, Tim Kleinschmidt a Man of Perry and Toomey

by: Matt Glazer

Wed Jun 18, 2008 at 08:59 AM CDT

Republican Tim Kleinschmidt is showing the voters of House District 17 the stark contrast between him and Democrat Donnie Dippel.  House District 17 is an open seat since Rep. Cook is not seeking re-election.

This Thursday, Time Kleinschmidt will be joining Rick Perry and Mike Toomey to meet and talk big money.

Donnie Dippel be on the other hand will be meeting with ranchers and farmers in House District 17.

On Thursday, the difference between Donnie Dippel and Tim Kleinschmidt will become abundantly clear.

From noon to 2 p.m., Kleinschmidt will join Rick Perry for a fundraiser in Mike Toomey's top-floor Capital Center office, which just happens to provide a wonderful view looking down on the Capitol.

A lot of Perry's buddies - lobbyists for the Trans-Texas Corridor, private school vouchers, and other sweetheart government giveaways - will surely attend.  Toomey will likely bring in his corporate clients too and maybe even his buddy Tom Craddick.

With the Governor willing to host an event, why did Kleinschmidt hold it outside district?  Why is it in an Austin building that's probably taller than anything in District 17?

  • Maybe it's because Kleinschmidt doesn't want the voters in District 17 to know that the #1 backer of the Trans-Texas Corridor is raising money for him.
  • Maybe it's because Kleinschmidt doesn't want to answer questions from voters in the District about Perry's Texas Education Agency trying to bypass the Legislature and give tax dollars to private schools.
  • Maybe it's because Governor 39% is Governor 32% in District 17, where he ran only 2 points ahead of the vastly under-funded Chris Bell.

A few hours after Kleinschmidt is done raking in special interest cash, Donnie Dippel is holding a get-together in the district at a ranch just west of Bastrop. Everyone is invited to come meet Donnie, talk about the issues, and have a hot dog or hamburger.

Rancher Pati Jacobs, who promotes and markets certified grass-fed beef, is the host, and other area farmers and ranchers are coming by.  If you'd like to attend, here are the details:

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Home of Pati and Cleve Jacobs

Address: 510 Hwy. 304, located west of Bastrop, 2 miles south of the Hwy 304-Hwy. 71 intersection
More Info: 979-246-4676

Sometime we lose sight of the contrast between our rural D's and their Republican counterparts.  We can't do that.  Dippel is a good man and great Democrat and we must hold House District 17 if we stand a chance at taking back the Texas House.  Would you rather have Rick Perry's candidate or the people's candidate?


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Thanks, fellas - (0.00 / 0)
this is something of a sleepy district, and Kleinschmidt's probably counting on very little local media coverage which would help him hide his need to snuggle up with the moneybags of a failed governor (who's persona non-grata in his own party) and a corrupt, soon-to-be-deposed House speaker, in order to sneak his way into the state house and gratify his business buddies.  

Their dirty money is no good out here, Tim. Especially when we have an honest, genuine and well-rounded candidate, who owes no fealty to big business, and who has made it his mission to connect with and represent the interests of the voters out HERE. Donnie has spent his life in agriculture, and is blessed with a dedicated wife who understands the problems our rural schools face, having taught in them for over 30 years. The Dippels have taken their responsibility to their community seriously, unlike Kleinschmidt who wants to use some amorphous notion of "Republican values" to hoodwink the people of HD 17 into granting him a turn at the trough in the service of Perry and Craddick.  

Thanks for the heads up (0.00 / 0)
I met Donnie in person at the State Convention, and he's as genuine in real life as he was on the phone.  This district is seriously close, but I have a lot of confidence in Donnie's ability to carry it.

The differences are stark, and given Governor GoodHair's numbers in the district, these folks are the type to vote for the Person, not the Party.  They know the Dippels, and they know Kleinschmidt and who his friends are.  

They know what's best for them, and they'll put Donnie in that seat come November.

I wish this weren't on a Thursday night.  I've got too much going on in town to make it.

I'll have to make a donation in the amount of what it would have cost to drive out there and back. :)

Disclosure: Former Political Director for Lee Leffingwell for Mayor of Austin ('09)

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