Cruz wrong on Branch
Sen. Ted Cruz’s ad supporting Ken Paxton for Attorney General leads you to believe that Paxton’s greatest qualification is being his friend and that is reason enough to vote for him.
I support Cruz, but he is wrong this time.
In fact, most of his advisers and the Texas Tea Party Caucus leaders are endorsing Dan Branch.
He has 30 years of legal experience and is the chairman of the House Higher Education Committee.
Perhaps his willingness to act as a gentleman to both parties to get things done makes him not conservative enough in Cruz’s eyes.
To keep Texas red and change the image of our party, we must elect candidates like Dan Branch who make decisions that support all Texans.
— John DeFelice, Fort Worth
In response to Mike Norman’s column (See: “‘Kinder and gentler’ GOP has gone from Texas”), I wonder which of the following Texans would prefer:
1. Focus education reform on school choice, parental rights and curriculum oversight by the State Board of Education, or implementation of the core curriculum by the federal government?
2. Protect/expand rights of gun owners, or more gun control by the federal government?
3. Cut property taxes, business taxes and wasteful government spending, or increase taxes, the size of government and not worry about waste?
John McCain and Mitt Romney tried the “kinder and gentler” approach, and I don’t recall calling either of them president.
I would prefer that approach, but that does not seem to win elections in the current environment.
I believe my fellow Texans appreciate those who tell us what they are going to do before they’re elected and do exactly what they said they would do.
— Wayne Duke, Arlington
Tea Party petulance
I have observed that the Tea Party does not play well with others; pitches fits if they don’t get their way; obstructs everything yet does not offer alternatives; lies constantly and is not accountable for their behavior; refuses to acknowledge facts; demonstrates disrespect for the office of the POTUS; shows intolerance of the opinions and lifestyles of others; lacks empathy and compassion; and only supports actions that help them personally.
I find them to be the party of petulant children.
— Ron Terry, Fort Worth