Shifts in Texas Legislature

Sep 21, 2011 by

By Donna Garner



Friends, good things have been happening in Texas just during the last two days. We have a real chance to add more authentic conservatives to the Texas Legislature. Here is what I have been able to gather from various sources over this week’s recent occurrences:


Tex. Sen. Steve Ogden has decided not to run for re-election. Texas State Rep. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) announced today that he will run for Ogden’s Senate seat. Schwertner has a 44% conservative rating by Texas Eagle Forum.


Jeff Fleece (Republican from Liberty Hill – ran against liberal Democrat Mark Strama in 2006) is going to run for Schwertner’s House seat.


Marsha Farney, Texas State Board of Education member, is also going to run for Schwertner’s House seat. Since the beginning of her SBOE term in January 2011, she has voted consistently with the RINO’s and Democrats on the Board.


Sen. Florence Shapiro will not seek re-election to the Texas Senate and made her announcement official on Monday, 9.19.11.


Immediately, solid conservative Texas Rep. Ken Paxton (96% conservative rating by Texas Eagle Forum) was urged to run for Shapiro’s Senate seat; and in one day’s time, Paxton was able to produce a list of more than 850 excited Dallas and Collin County citizens who have endorsed him for the Senate. An even larger list of conservative backers from around the state of Texas will be coming out shortly.


Meanwhile, Scott O’Grady decided to stop running for the Texas House against Scott Turner and decided to run instead against Ken Paxton for Shapiro’s Texas Senate seat.


Scott O’Grady evidently knew about Shapiro’s upcoming press release and had very recently attended a Joe Straus fundraiser in order to get Straus’ support for the Texas Senate race.


This action on Scott O’Grady’s part puts him right over there in RINOland!


Solid conservative Scott Turner (who had previously been running against Scott O’Grady for the new Texas House seat) is going to continue to run for that Texas House seat, hopefully uncontested.


We as conservatives have some great opportunities to elect “true” conservatives to the Texas Legislature. Let’s be sure to contribute our time and money to help worthy conservative candidates to get elected.


Donna Garner



Here is today’s article by Jason Embry of the Austin American-Statesman in which he lays out several perplexing scenarios that could happen based upon certain factors:


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