When I decided to run against the Establishment candidate, I made a call to the current TCRP Chairman, James Dickey, to get his thoughts on me running in a race that we knew would be a tough race to win. At the end of the call, James gave me some words of encouragement and gave me the “go ahead” to run for House District 46. During the primaries, I would meet James at meetings and we would discuss strategies and I would continue to get the positive words of encouragement.
Flash forward to now. With the Chairman elect, Robert Morrow, waiting to take his place as Chairman, I have been shown that I would not AND will not get any assistance from him. As seen in my earlier post (to read my Open Letter, click here) and with a recent interview on the Come And Talk It Radio Show, it is evident that Robert does not have faith in the candidates that he is supposed to be a leader for.
Some of the highlights of his interview include:
“Republicans of Travis County are the equivalent of neutered gerbils.”
“If you are in a district that is 60% majority Democrat….you are simply not going to win…”
And my personal favorite:
“You can run $2 million dollars on a state rep race as a Republican against the Dawnna Dukes…you’re going to lose.”
Apparently, because Robert has “been at this game for a very long time in Travis County” and knows who will win and who will lose in the local races, he has written me off completely. Why? It could be a few reasons. I was the first political Candidate to speak out against him and openly asked him to step aside from the position. I am a newcomer to the political realm, in spite of the fact that I have been working with the Party on outreach projects that others (including Robert) did not participate in. It could be that I was a co-host of a local long standing TV show, where I was able to speak of the conservative ideals that I believe and speak out about what is good and what is wrong from a local standpoint.
I will say that there is one thing that Robert has not taken into consideration. I am the FIRST Latino Republican to run against the Establishment candidate in 20 years. In a district that is evenly split on white, African American, and Latino voters, I have a better connection to the voters because of my personal history as a single father, a leader, and as a teacher who is fighting every single day to help kids break their path to the school to prison pipeline. In other words, I am the wild card that polls and experience can’t take into account.
A leader knows when to make use of those qualities to help make a change in a District. You, Robert, are not that type of leader.