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Mon Dec 2, 2019, 04:28 AM

Beto O'Rourke - FLIP the Texas House


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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:15 AM

1. How does it look on the ground for Eliz Markowitz?

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 05:33 AM

2. Gothmog will have a better clue about the status of that race than I do

since he lives near that district. Since there will be no legislative session in 2020 the main benefits that come from winning the raise is that the winner will get to list themselves as incumbent and they will also have seniority if they hold onto the seat in the general election in November. I don't believe that the winner will be able to relax since the race will likely have a low turnout and it will be difficult to extrapolate the results to the general election.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:18 AM

6. Eliz is running against a GOP nut case name Gary Gates

The run off is in late January. Gates is not a nice person and there is a ton of oppo on him

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Response to RandySF (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 4, 2019, 02:19 PM

8. Eliz is a friend and I was helping on voter protection for her campaign and donated to her campaign

Eliz ran against six republicans who spent over $2 million while Eliz raised over $300,000. This is an unreal amount for a race that only gets one some seniority and a title. There will be no session of the Texas legis until after the Nov. 2020 elections. Who ever wins this race will still have to run in the March 3rd primary and then in 2020 general election

Eliz got 39% of the vote which means that the six GOP candidates got 61%. This will be a tough fight in that the GOP tends to turnout in greater numbers for special elections.

Her opponent spent around $600,000 out of his own pocket and may spend another $500,000 out of his pocket for this race. This guy has run for office before but lost in the primaries. There is some good oppo on this person from the prior campaigns texasscorecard.com/local/yes-gary-gates-may-be-a-child-abuser/

In a 2008 decision upholding summary judgment against Gates, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals recited a number of disturbing claims from the Gates’ children.

During the interviews with the children, TDPRS learned that Gary’s punishments included sitting against the wall in the chair position, running, moving bricks and boards across the driveway, doing push-ups, and being spanked with a hand, belt, or board. Travis and Alexis had been given “throw-up” medicine (ipecac) for eating food they should not have eaten, and children were required to skip their next meal if they stole food. On occasion, Gary taped newspaper around a child’s hands to keep him or her from stealing food.

Timothy stated that Gary threw the older children against the wall and that “dad hurts Travis and the big kids.” Timothy also stated that he was afraid of his father because “he hurts them.” Cynthia stated that after Gary found out about Travis stealing food, he kicked out Travis’s chair while Travis was sitting on it, causing Travis to hit his head on the floor;  Gary then hit Travis, kicked him in the stomach, and pushed him into a wall. Marcus corroborated this story. Cynthia also stated that Gary had hit Cassandra and Andrew the previous day and that she is scared to live at home because her dad gets so mad. Andy confirmed that he had been spanked the previous day and had a bruise on his leg as a result.

Further, according to a TDPRS employee, when Gary arrived home that day, he told his children, “These people want to talk to you, they think mom and dad are bad people.” Timothy then responded, “Well dad you are bad, you slammed them [sic] up against the wall and made his head bleed.” Alexis and Marcus agreed with Timothy.

The state party and labor are supporting Eliz. I have heard from one of my friends that Gates is not popular with many normal republicans and they may not turnout out. Gates has lost a number of GOP primaries and Gates was helped by the fact that the GOP vote was split among 6 republican candidates.

This will be a nasty race and I will be donating to Eliz at her next event. $300,000 for a state house seat is an amazing amount. I hope that Eliz can raise enough to compete against the gop candidate.

I hope that this helps

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Response to Gothmog (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 4, 2019, 08:40 PM

9. I gave a couple of times already and will do so again at New Year.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #9)

Sat Dec 7, 2019, 10:43 AM

10. Thank you

Eliz is a good Democrat and a nice person. That is important

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:31 AM

3. Is it too late for Beto to challenge Cornyn?

He was so close last time. He's even more known now. Touring every county in Texas will do more to increase voter registration than tweeting.

Please, Beto, you belong in that seat. You can do so much. Unseat Cornyn. Please.

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Response to rainin (Reply #3)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 07:43 AM

4. I believe that the deadline to get on the ballot is sometime during this week.

However, I don't believe Beto is interested in running. He has spent most of the past two years on the campaign trail. The last email I had from Beto's campaign was last week and spoke about how Cuidad Juarez and El Paso came together culturally over Thanksgiving.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 2, 2019, 08:16 AM

5. The deadline is December 9

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Dec 4, 2019, 02:06 PM

7. Funding vote by mail is very important

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