Politics & Government

March 29, 2014

NE Tarrant Tea Party says it didn’t make harassing robocalls

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams works to honor a fallen Burleson soldier.

Just hang up the phone.

If you recently have gotten a robocall from the NE Tarrant Tea Party — particularly if it comes in the middle of the night or repeatedly calls back — chances are it’s not from the Tea Party group at all.

“Someone is harassing NE Tarrant Tea Party — and they are harassing many others in the process,” according to a statement posted on the group’s website. “Please be aware that NETTP has not made any calls, and if we were to make calls they would only be to folks in Tarrant County, Texas.

“They would NOT be at midnight, they would come from our PAC, and they would follow the legal guidelines for robocalls, including a statement about where the calls are coming from.”

Group leaders say they are working to find out who is making the calls that name the NE Tarrant Tea Party and suggest that listeners visit the website.

Honoring a soldier

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams recently shepherded a measure to honor a fallen Burleson soldier — and dedicate a local post office to him — through the House.

“On June 17, 2013, decorated Army Sgt. William Moody of Burleson, TX, sent an email while he was serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan to the local fire chief in his hometown,” Williams, a Republican whose district stretches from Tarrant County to Austin, told fellow members of Congress. “He wanted to plan a special ‘coming home’ surprise with the help of the fire department and pull up to his kids’ school in a big fire engine.

“He was set to return sometime in September, but the following day … on June 18th… Sgt. Moody and three other American soldiers were killed by indirect enemy fire at Bagram Air Base.”

Williams’ proposal to dedicate the post office in Burleson as the “Sergeant William Moody Post Office Building” drew unanimous support in the House and now awaits Senate action.

Of note

Texas’ primary runoffs aren’t too far away.

Fridaywas the first day Texans could start applying for mail-in ballots for the May 27 election, and anyone not registered to vote has until April 28 to sign up to weigh in on this election.

For more information, call the Tarrant County Elections Center at 817-831-8683 or go online.

Flip this District?

Comic Bill Maher, who has a regular show on HBO, has targeted the first two of what will be 16 lawmakers who he and his viewers want defeated in the 2014 elections.

And there’s a Texan on the first cut of what Maher is calling “Flip a District”: U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi. Farenthold, along with Rep. Michael Grimm, R-NY, are the first two of the “Tweet Sixteen” that viewers will choose and then his staff will narrow down to one, who Maher will then work to defeat.

Farenthold is a Maher favorite and he said in announcing the first two finalists that he is “pulling” for Farenthold, who represents the Texas-27 Congressional district, to be the finalist.

“He’s the poster boy for why we are doing this. He won in 2010 by 799 votes and then they redistricted it. They gerrymandered it and in 2012, he won, going away, by 18 points,” the late-night host said.

But Maher also said he had to look at competitive districts. “Folks, we need a realistic chance,” said Maher. “So if pajama boy is going to be our guy, you folks down there in Corpus Christie district need to get his lead down into single digits. I am not a miracle worker.”

Maher’s reference to “pajama boy” comes from a now-famous picture of Farenthold in a one-piece pajama decorated with rubber ducks at a bar holding a “pajama party.” Of course, the picture got lots of attention because the overweight Farenthold was smiling next to a comely young woman wearing lingerie.

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