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How to Evaluate Candidates for the Legislature

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

Has this happened to you? You elect a city councilman, a state representative, or any other significant office - and they don't fight for conservative legislation once they start working. Yeah, me too.


It's easy to say conservative things, but hard to turn them into conservative laws and policies. I've seen this first-hand working with legislators in Austin. I've learned a lot the last four years, as I built coalitions for major bills.


So, here's a guide to cutting through the rhetoric and seeing a candidate for State Representative for real.


If they've held office before, at any level:

Has he voted against Texas Republican Legislative Priorities or against conservative principles?

For example, suppose the candidate was a city councilman. During the COVID scare, did the candidate vote for closing local businesses? Did he vote for closing churches? Did he support taxpayer-funded lobbying in Austin?

If the answer to any of those questions was yes, you probably have a RINO candidate.


If the candidate hasn't held office before:

Did he vote for candidates that supported Texas Republican Legislative Priorities?

Did he go to Austin to lobby for conservative legislation?

Did he testify for bills?

Has he worked with the county Republican Party to get out the vote?


If the answer to any of those questions is no, you probably have a RINO candidate.


The basic idea when evaluating candidates is to look at actions not words. You want a candidate who has demonstrated resolute action - not just words - to enact conservative legislation.





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