Thank you for the encouragement that so many of you have given through your words, financial contributions and prayers. For most of the past two years every time I have attended a public event, I have been encouraged by HD 121 voters to run again. Since the formal announcement last week, the outpouring of support has continued. I am honored and encouraged -- together we can bring conservative leadership to Bexar County and District 121.
That being said, I still receive the "why are you running?" question from some people. This doesn't surprise me since I've asked myself that same question many times over the past several months. When your opponent promises a "positive campaign" and then spends $1,500,000 distorting his own record and gets his lobbyist friends to lie about you it's not a lot of fun. Frankly, those "dirty games" are exactly the kinds of things we all wish didn't happen in politics today, and they are the primary reason many good people seek to avoid politics altogether.
But the answer really is simple. I'm concerned about where Texas will be 10, 20, or 30 years from now. The conservative values we hold dear are under attack daily and Joe Straus continues to enable those who would seek to dismantle the very pillars of what makes Texas so great
. The evidence is plenty -- this past session my opponent has ignored serious issues like out-of-control spending,
refused to end ever-increasing taxpayer subsidies to illegal immigrants, failed to protect our small businesses from excessive regulations and burdensome taxes, and enabled a "money is the only answer" edu-crat establishment that refuses to prioritize dollars into our classrooms.
I've often said that I don't believe we should settle for simply being "better than California." The irony in that statement should not be overlooked -- there is no comfort in being better when we appear to be moving closer and closer
Ultimately I'm running because when I go door to door I hear citizens concerned about Texas and they want passionate leadership willing to stand on principle. As Speaker of the House, Joe Straus rarely casts votes, and therefore you have to look deeper into the mechanics of the "sausage making" to see the imprint he has made and the conservative reforms he has derailed. But this past session, we got a very clear window into his priorities -- he only cast two votes last session and both were to spending billions of your taxpayer dollars. His philosophy of "money solves all problems" does not align with the priorities of District 121.
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I hope you and your family are enjoying your holiday season as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.