Texas politicians tell contributors: Give and you shall receive

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott AP

Politicians are asking for your money.

And some are offering everything from tailgating packages to AR-15s to those who give.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s campaign staff recently sent out emails noting that they are having a drawing for a tailgate package and anyone who donates $25 or more is eligible to win.

The package includes a “Greg Abbott cornhole game set with two boards, and giant wooden tumble tower game.” Sign up online at secure.gregabbott.com/tailgate-package-contest.

On the other hand, former U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s staff notes that Paul “personally donated a brand new Colt AR-15 to encourage pro-Constitution grassroots Americans to engage in the fight for liberty.”

That drawing — the Campaign for Liberty Right to Bear Arms AR-15 Giveaway, or “Win the Gun Obama wants to ban” — is free to anyone who signs up online at www.chooseliberty.org.

But staffers urge people, after they sign up for the drawing, to “please chip in $5 or $10 to help Campaign for Liberty fight the good fight.”

The deadline to sign up is midnight Sept. 30.

Battling Zika

Albert G. McDaniel believes he has done it.

McDaniel, a political candidate and Fort Worth professional engineer, has produced a dietary supplement he believes will help protect people from being bitten by mosquitoes that can carry the Zika virus, as well as West Nile and other diseases.

The supplement contains “MSM sulfur, vitamin B1 thiamine, cream of tartar, garlic extract and other proprietary ingredients,” according to a statement by McDaniel.

“Testing shows the product performs well without any side effects. Taking 1 or 2 capsules every day of his all-natural vegetarian formula makes you less likely to be bitten, everywhere you go!”

McDaniel — a Republican who is challenging state Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, for the 95th District House seat — said his product “is being offered by a DFW-based company, announcement pending.”

The pills are available online at Bert’s Better Health Products. “Take 1 or 2 everyday so you’re less tasty to biting bugs,” the website states.

Of note

A Fort Worth man has been named to the Finance Commission of Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott recently announced that Vince E. Puente, Sr., co-owner and president of marketing and sales for Southwest Office Systems, will serve on the commission through Feb. 1, 2018.

The commission “is the governing body of the state banking, savings and loan, and consumer credit agencies,” according to a statement from Abbott’s office.

Related demonstrators

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s recent visit to Fort Worth drew a number of supporters to a private fundraiser and about two dozen critics to the streets below to protest.

Among the crowd were a mother and daughter — Fort Worth’s Nancy Gilliland, and her daughter Janice Hobbs — who hoped to deliver similar messages. The two carried signs Hobbs had made that morning that read “Love trumps hate.”

“I cannot vote for the party of hate,” Gilliland said.

“I wanted to spread the love and give some smiles,” said Hobbs, who said she supports Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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