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February 25, 2014

County GOP chair denies taking sides in primary

Two Republican JP candidates believe Prince intentionally tried to harm their election chances with email about their voting histories

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Suchocki said the only time he had not voted for the Republican candidate was when he voted in the 2008 Democrat primary, as thousands of other conservative Republican did, in an attempt to keep the presidential nomination from going to Barack Obama.

“I have been a conservative Republican all my life,” Suchocki said. “And to say I’m not, calling me a Democrat, is calling me a liar.”

Records show Suchocki, an attorney, has donated to Republican judicial candidates over the past decade, including Judge John Chupp and Judge Ken Curry.

Suchocki said he donated $500 to the campaign of Judge Susan Heygood-McCoy, a Republican candidate, most recently and has donated to other Republicans in the past, as well.

Both men also say they have been attending local Republican meetings for the past year.

“I am not disputing the basic facts she sent out, but the extremely prejudicial way she did it and now not allowing me to respond to those she apparently was wanting to get information to,” Hataway, a candidate in a four-way race for Justice of the Peace Precinct 3, said, questioning why the issue was not brought out earlier and every candidate’s voting record put on display.

Prince was aware of his voting record in November and he has been honest when potential voters have asked, according to Hataway, who said he is a conservative and Republican.

“I know I am not the preferred candidate of the political powers that be in Parker County,” Hataway said. “All I have wanted to do is run my race and be treated fairly.”

“A simple answer to my voting record is my attempts to support ‘close’ friends in their run for office and my attempts to support a more righteous candidate,” Hataway told Prince in an email.

Hataway said he voted in the Democratic primary in 2008 to support a close friend running for sheriff in Tarrant County and, in 2004, he voted against a state candidate that he had personal knowledge of poor judgment, morality and political views.

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