Weatherford Democrat

Top News

March 12, 2014

King wants Branch to split

14 state reps ask AG candidate to withdraw from GOP runoff

From Staff Reports

In an open letter to state representative and Republican candidate for Texas attorney general Dan Branch, 14 state representatives – including Phil King, of Weatherford – have asked him to withdraw from the May 27 primary runoff against State Sen. Ken Paxton.

In a three-way race for the party’s nomination, Paxton received 44.4 percent of the vote to 33.5 percent for Branch, while Barry Smitherman drew 22 percent of the statewide GOP vote.

All 14 of the state representatives co-signing the letter are said to be tea party members. The legislators whose names appear under the one-page letter along with King are Pat Fallon, Dan Flynn, Bryan Hughes, Jodie Laubenberg, Jeff Leach, Charles Perry, Scott Sanford, Matt Schaefer, Jonathan Stickland, Van Taylor, Steve Toth, James White and Bill Zedler.

The letter reads, in part: “As your colleagues in the Texas Legislature, today we call on you to respectfully consider withdrawing from the race for Texas Attorney General. Rather than moving forward with a campaign that will divide Texas Republicans, we hope upon careful reflection you will agree with us that moving forward with this continued campaign is not in the best interests of you, our party, or the state we know you dearly love.”

The letter suggests Branch’s withdrawal would help the party unite behind GOP gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Greg Abbott, who faces Democratic challenger Sen. Wendy Davis in November’s general elections.

“The millions of dollars that would be spent by your continued campaign characterized by negative ads aimed at Senator Paxton serves no legitimate or helpful purpose, especially when considering Senator Paxton’s strong support reflected in the Republican Primary Election last week,” the letter stated.

The missive pointed out that Paxton won 19 of the top 20 counties in Texas, and that Paxton won 50 of the top 75 counties, representing approximately 85 percent of the GOP vote.

Text Only
Top News
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results