One of my professors likes to refer to this period of the political cycle as “the silly season.” But the latest news on the race for Texas’ SD 25 is beyond silly. It’s just ridiculous.
Last month, incumbent Sen. Jeff Wentworth questioned Elizabeth Ames Jones’ eligibility for the race.
When she filed last month to run for the state Senate, Texas Railroad Commission Chairwoman Elizabeth Ames Jones swore she was a resident of San Antonio.
The state Constitution, however, requires that railroad commissioners “reside at the capital of the state during (their) continuance in office.”
Now, state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, her opponent in the Republican primary, is accusing Jones of violating the Constitution by holding onto her office while claiming to live in both places at once.
Jones’ response? Desperate to save her political career after a failed shot at the U.S. Senate, she is now arguing that, well, if you really think about it, Austin isn’t actually the capital of Texas.
With all due respect, yeah, right.
If you read the article linked to above, you’ll find four problems with this argument:
- If there’s one thing we can all agree on, wouldn’t it be that Austin has been the capital of Texas since the days of the Republic?
- Doesn’t Attorney General Abbott have better things to do (Redistricting, or maybe ending Obamacare?) than settle a silly squabble like this?
- What does it matter that Wentworth’s lawyer is a Democrat?
- Even if somehow her claim was legitimate, would Jones have supported it if the tables were turned and it was Wentworth making the argument?
The legislature meets here. In the Capitol building. In Austin. As it has for Jones’ entire life, and more.
This is exactly what the American people hate about politics: gamesmanship based on saving careers, not helping constituents. The people we elect to be our representatives should be acting like adults and running on concrete policies and beliefs, not squabbling over obscure legal technicalities that are questionable at best.
To Commissioner Jones: Please stop grasping at straws. The rules apply to everyone.
To everyone reading this: Please vote for Dr. Donna Campbell – a real conservative and political outsider who is busy running on principles, not looking for loopholes.
The state Capitol (in Austin, of course)
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