As Harris County Judge Ed Emmett noted in his remarks yesterday, Southeast Harris County has become a hotbed of Republican activism. A great example of this activism is the San Jacinto Republican Women’s Club and their growth the past couple of years. There was a great turnout last night as the SJRW opened their Victory 2012 office on Fairmont Parkway in Pasadena.
Judge Emmett highlighted the campaigns of David Pineda and Robert Talton. On Pineda, Emmett reflected on his own first run for state rep and the similarities – he was also 28 years old, his campaign also centered on knocking on doors (in Emmett’s case, 19,404, not that anyone counted), and he was also given no chance to win. Well, win he did, and with the help of volunteers at the SJRW phone bank, so will David Pineda.
I was happy to see the Judge introduce Robert Talton and discuss how important that race is to all Harris County citizens. As I have said, Talton fears no one and will really help in the effort to clean up Harris County government. I, along with the King Street Patriots, tried very hard to set up a debate between Mr. Talton and the current County Attorney, Vince Ryan. Ryan’s campaign would have no part of it – apparently, they don’t want citizens to see the stark contrasts between the two men. There are a lot of important races on the ballot but if you haven’t found a candidate to work for, please contact Mr. Talton’s office and volunteer and donate.
Judge Emmett’s parting words were about the importance of voting all the way down the ballot to be certain that all Republican candidates win. He didn’t mention it but the best way to do this is to vote straight Republican. I know that some of you don’t like straight ticket voting but it is the single best way for Republicans to win. Estimates are that this year’s straight ticket percentage will be around 70% – we need Republican voters to win that battle. Look, if you have a cousin or brother-in-law that you just have to vote for and they are Democratic, no problem – vote the straight R ticket at the top of the ballot, then scroll to Cousin Vinny’s name and vote for him. It isn’t difficult and will insure that down ballot Republicans win their races.
It is awesome to see the enthusiasm so high 50 days out – let’s keep it going and win in November!