This is Texas, and we are a friendly, polite bunch for the most part. We are known for cordially greeting outsiders all of the time as they pass through, come to visit or even move here to stay. It’s the way we were brought up to be. This trait actually sets us apart from the 49 lesser states.
But, vote for an outsider? Now hold on a second; that’s a different affair altogether. I mean, come on over and I’ll fix you a bowl of chili with some cornbread and iced tea, but I don’t know you well enough to go throwing my vote away.
The Googled definition of a “carpetbagger” is a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections.
For the 2018 Galveston County primary election there are two candidates in particular whose photos could be placed beside the definition of carpetbagger: Mayes Middleton and Jim Bulgier.
Neither Middleton or Bulgier truly live in the districts they are running for, and they only popped up recently in time to run for office. It’s enough to make one wonder if they had too much baggage to run where they really live.
Republican County Commissioner Ken Clark won election to represent Precinct 4 when Galveston County was still blue.
Ken Clark is strongly pro-life, a life member of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, and is a life member of the National Rifle Association.
Ken Clark has helped cut the tax rate seven years in a row, which has helped reduce debt by 40 percent leading to Galveston County’s first AAA bond rating.
Republican State Rep. Wayne Faircloth and his supporters worked hard to unseat long-term Democrat Craig Eiland to represent House District 23.
Faircloth is strongly pro-life, is endorsed by the National Rifle Association, is endorsed by the Texas State Rifle Association and is endorsed by the Texas Oil & Gas Association.
Faircloth — has and will — only support state budgets which are fiscally balanced.
If conservative voters were to sit down and write down the qualities they most wanted to see in their Republican candidates, Clark and Faircloth would fit the bill to a T. Moreover, they both have proved track records of tried and true, competent high performance with integrity.
The unmistakable and overwhelming message that voters should send to the outsiders is Galveston County is not for sale to outside interests and influence. We have worked too hard to just give it away to some bunch of flash in the pan opportunists from outside.
In Galveston County we prefer our candidates have real roots in the community, and we also prefer our candidates have real commitment to the community.
I have known Clark and Faircloth for many years now, and I trust them. I hope you will join me in supporting these fine leaders to continue representing Galveston County.