Well it is here, Primary Election Day-Texas 2012!
Schwertner vs. Bius. The smooth talking doctor from Georgetown vs. the businessman bully from Huntsville.
Before we announce our recommendation, let’s look at the facts that our decision is based upon.
Our investigative efforts against Ben Bius alone would have given any voter reason to doubt that his “ethical compass” points in the right direction, however one thing stands out as a reason to eliminate a potential vote for Ben. This guy goes around waving the flag and saying he values the Constitution, but tried to threaten and intimidate this blog’s editor to keep us from publishing information about him and his campaign…in other words, he tried to “suppress” our First Amendment rights. Additionally, he did it in a manner of a true coward! Texans don’t deserve a senator like this guy!
Charles Schwertner, by all appearances is the “heavy favorite” to walk away with the Texas Senate District 5 Republican ticket tonight.
BlackFlagMedia.com (BFM) looked at the voting record of Schwertner as the State Representative of District 20. According to the ratings of a conservative rating service provided by Heritage Alliance, Schwertner scores a 76% on their composite scale rating the voting records of all Texas legislators on holding to conservative principles. BFM’s editor knows two current state representatives on a personal basis. Schwertner scores between these two gentleman’s scores of 71 % and 81%. In fact, when compared to the entire Republican makeup of the state house, the good doctor scores in the bottom of the top half…in other words, the “middle of the road”.
However, a more detailed look at Schwertner’s voting record reveals much to the observer. For example, one of the bills that Schwertner had a hand in authoring in the 82nd legislature was House Bill 5, which pertains to health care. In this bill, Texas would join other states in an Interstate Healthcare Compact. This would be a potential alternative to “Obamacare”. If this compact is approved, the member states that sign the Compact would get monies that were appropriated at the Federal level to fund their own program and the right to regulate heath care in their respective states. This would mean increased opportunities for health insurance providers, pharmaceutical companies, physicians, hospitals and medical equipment suppliers, especially given the increasing population and changing demographics of Texas.
When one considers the makeup of the special interests donors to the Schwertner campaign, combined with the fact that his campaign has received money from at least four major lobbying firms registered in the state of Texas, it gives a voter reason to wonder how much influence others will have on Dr. Schwertner’s vote. Judging by the overwhelming amounts of political donations from these donors, it gives one pause. We are not stating that one should believe that Schwertner would not take into account the needs of individual citizens of this state versus the of the wishes of special interests. However, like they say in Texas that…”ya’ dance with the one that brang ya”!
In other words, how strong is the good Doctor’s convictions?
If more politicians and wannabees would adopt the “Ron Paul standard” of no donations accepted from lobbyist, an individual voter would have more faith in the person they elect.
So reluctantly, BFM recommends Dr. Charles Schwertner for Texas Senate in the primary election. However, we will be “dogging” the winner of this contest all the way to Election Day in November.
Remember, no Democrat ran in the primary election for SD-5 this year.
However, BFM will be taking a look at the Libertarian candidate, Jeffrey Fox to explore his ideas and positions on the issues.