I read Gov. Greg Abbott’s glowing endorsement of Mayes Middleton over Republican incumbent Wayne Faircloth (“Spurning incumbent, Abbott endorses Middleton,” The Daily News, Jan. 10) for the District 23 house seat. Following that, I went to Middleton’s campaign website where the governor’s endorsement appears again, and weighs heavily on, “he’ll have my back.” After considering this, I felt compelled to get out my copy of the Constitution, a gift from Sen. Ron Paul.
I wasn’t sure where in that historic document it was written that those in charge of a state or federal government should require their congresses to vote in step with their wishes. Our governments, both state and federal have three branches; executive, legislative and judicial, and each is supposed to work independently. We seem to have forgotten that. When we elect representatives, they are supposed to represent the people of their districts; you know, the ones that put them there.
In the past legislative session, Faircloth did not always vote in lockstep with what the governor wanted, hence the reason for replacing him. Actually, Faircloth went into his community to ask them how they felt when issues arose in the legislature that affected them. He talked with the hotel and lodging association regarding tourism and how to make it better. He met with the scientists at Texas A&M and Rice universities concerning surge protection, and the Park Board of Trustees about beach nourishment projects.
When the governor wanted to outlaw all local tree ordinances in Texas, Faircloth went to Galveston’s tree committee who spent years working on the replacement of the tens of thousands of trees that were destroyed due to Hurricane Ike. He learned why it was so important to the locals, and then he voted no to the blanket state tree bill that the governor wanted. District 23’s voices were heard.
Middleton says Faircloth is not conservative enough. Just what does that mean? He states in the article, “The governor knows that I will fight for his agenda, I will fight to put it into action regardless of who’s in the way.”
Imagine if he is your representative and it doesn’t matter what you want, or what your city wants, he will bend to the governor’s will. Why even bother to have representation? Isn’t that what an autocracy is — government by one?
“My way or the highway” and no compromise in government is a sad commentary and is what is wrong with our political system. We are a vast state with differing economies, environments and different people, with different wants, beliefs and needs. Not one size fits all, which is why keeping it local allows each community a voice in Austin.
I plan to vote for state Rep. Wayne Faircloth and I hope you will too. He is a hardworking man who listens to his constituents and will do his best for the needs of District 23 and the state of Texas. I believe that is what the Constitution and a democracy are all about — the people.