A Republican strategist tied to the corruption and admission scandals that have plagued the University of Texas announced her bid for an open congressional seat today.

But it might be Jennifer Sarver’s October 10, 2016, column in the Dallas Morning News promoting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign that raises the most questions for Republican primary voters.

My support of [Hillary Clinton] does not mean that I support all of her policy positions  –  in fact, I disagree with many of them. Were Donald Trump not at the top of the Republican ticket, I would be proudly supporting any number of the qualified candidates who ran against him.

Her opinion piece is based around the premise that Sarver is “pro-life” but there is no evidence she has ever done anything but oppose conservatives and pro-lifers, with her unabashed support of Clinton just the latest example.

She is seeking the Congressional District 21 seat being vacated by US Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Kerrville). More than a dozen candidates are expected to run in the March primary.

Sarver’s other claim to fame is her opposition to reforming admissions corruption at the University of Texas while working for George W. Bush’s former communications director, Karen Hughes, and disgraced Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

Indeed, much of her political work in the Republican Party has been as a pay-to-play advocate for Straus and his cast of cronies. Sarver has described herself on Twitter as a “spin doctress.”

Sarver was the point person for a shadowy “Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education.” The organization defended UT bureaucrats in the midst of a scandal in which under-qualified individuals with connections to Straus and other liberal politicians gained admittance to the school.

Given her reputation and work in Texas politics, it is likely that Sarver is hoping to monetize a seat on Congress for her personal gain. Two decades spent defending corrupt politicians and even more corrupt bureaucracies will be a red-flag for conservatives.

Like her choice for president, Jennifer Sarver is too corrupt for Texas and should be – like Hillary – rejected by Republican voters.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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