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Monday, October 30, 2006

Oh, You Mean THAT Liberal Media

Just in case you thought Galveston County was immune from liberal media bias, The Galveston County Daily News announced its political endorsements for the ’06 elections.

Incumbent Democrats, no surprise there, get the majority of the papers’ endorsements. In the governor’s race, the paper chooses Kinky Friedman – which is another way of saying they endorse a vote against Rick Perry. The paper assures us that Kinky will not win, but the “protest” vote will surely shake up the powers that be in Austin.

Well, it’s comforting to see that they know Kinky won’t beat Governor Perry, but it speaks to the bias and left-wing values of the paper’s editorial board that they would even issue a protest endorsement in the first place.

In the statewide race for Land Commissioner, the incumbent Republican is former State Senator Jerry Patterson. When he was Senator, Jerry Patterson represented Galveston County in the Senate and he has been an effective and aggressive Land Commissioner for Texas. Under his leadership, the Texas General Land Office has earned over $1.35 billion dollars for the Permanent School Fund (PSF), has improved transparency by web casting every GLO meeting, and has signed the first and the largest lease in the U.S. for offshore wind energy. Patterson is an Aggie who retired from the Marine Corp as a Lieutenant Colonel. His democrat opponent’s claim to fame is that she was the first female elected County Attorney in Hopkins County. As an example, there are twice as many people living in League City than there are in all of Hopkins County, but does that matter to the Daily News?? NOOOOOOOO.

The Daily News chose not to endorse in the Land Commissioner race because “we can’t give passing marks to the incumbent, but can’t recommend with enthusiasm a challenger”.

Can’t give the incumbent passing marks?? Jerry Patterson is the most innovative Land Commissioner in 100 years, he has earned more money than any Land Commissioner ever has for the PSF, but you can’t give him passing marks? Excuse me, but your Liberal Bias is showing.

In local elections the Daily News throws Republicans some crumbs and endorses a few Republican candidates. But these were no-brainers. Republican County Treasurer Kevin Walsh is running for re-election – he is a CPA with more than 13 years of financial experience and has earned taxpayer’s more than $17 million dollars in interest over the past 4 years. He was the obvious choice over his opponent, a former Galveston city council woman with no financial background. Ray Charles could have seen that one.

Republican challenger Barbara Meeks is also the obvious choice in the County Clerk race. She has 25 years of proven business, political, and leadership experience to bring to the clerk’s office and a passion for ballot integrity that is severely lacking in her Democrat opponent.

In the race for District Attorney, Republican challenger Jon Hall won the nod. A law and order conservative who is a Deputy Staff Judge Advocate holding the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve, in addition to a prosecutor in Brazoria County, Jon says the office needs a leader not just a lawyer. The Daily News said it best, “For too long, Texas has been a one-party state. For more than a century, the Democratic Party ruled.”, they continued “we think it’s time for some new ideas and new energy in this [the District Attorneys] office.”

But in the open seat for County Commissioner Precinct 2 where there is no incumbent, on-the-job experience cannot be a factor, and the Democrats are desperately trying to hold on to a seat they have held for more than 100 years--the GDN endorsed Democrat candidate Bryan Lamb. This is the same Bryan Lamb who has an Associates degree compared to Republican Albert Choate’s Masters degree. The same Bryan Lamb with three years of elective office experience compared to more than fifteen years for Albert Choate. The same Bryan Lamb who claims to be in favor of lower taxes compared to Albert Choate who has actually cut your taxes, twice, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in construction costs.

And in the category of The-Most-Underwhelming-Reason-I’ve-Ever-Heard-Of-To-Endorse-A-Candidate, they endorsed Lamb because----DRUM ROLL PLEASE----he attended every Commissioners Court meeting for the past 4 years.

So I guess in the Liberal Mindset, if someone goes to a restaurant everyday and eats a pork chop, that prepares him by osmosis to be a chef or if a person attends a concert everyday that prepares him magically to be a classical pianist, or if a person goes to see the Astros every game that is adequate preparation to manage the team.

WHAT??? Only in that peculiar alternative universe called the Mind of a Liberal does attendance equal competence.

Are you kidding me!! Kinky Friedman? Bryan Lamb? Not Endorsing Jerry Patterson? Does this sound like they share your conservative values??

It’s sad, but all too common, that the editors of the Galveston County Daily News don’t know what the conservative mainstream values of Galveston County‘s voters really are.

Tell them you want more than crumbs and vote a straight Republican ticket in November.

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