Former Austin City Councilmember Ellen Troxclair has received new support in her runoff race against Austin police officer Justin Berry for a Central Texas-area state representative seat.
Three county Republican Party executive committees—Blanco, Burnet, and Gillespie—have endorsed Troxclair for the Republican nomination for House District 19, an area that stretches from northwest San Antonio nearly to Lampasas.
“It is incredibly rare for a local Republican Party to get involved and make endorsements in a contested primary, so this is a true testament to how strongly our counties feel about Ellen Troxclair being the clear and only choice for State Representative,” Burnet County Chair Kara Chasteen told Troxclair’s campaign. “Ellen is the true conservative in this race who has the experience, principles, and integrity we need representing us.”
County party executive committees normally guard their independence and neutrality. That they have declined to do so in this case is revealing and speaks to the degree to which Berry is openly courting left-wing elements.
Already a labor union official in his own right, Berry has been endorsed by the far-left American Federation of Teachers and has taken several positions against parental rights in the education system.
In a related development, earlier this week the Travis County GOP was the latest county party to pass a resolution condemning “Protect and Serve Texas PAC,” a political action committee previously linked to Berry’s campaign consultant that sent out mailers “lying about Ellen Troxclair and falsely claiming she ‘defunded the police.’”
“This is a direct attempt to mislead voters,” read a prior resolution by the Tarrant County Republican Party, who called the PAC a “pay-for-play operation.”
Their resolution went on to say, “The mailer was sent out by ‘Protect and Serve PAC’ which is a shell PAC setup by Craig Murphy. All contributions to the PAC are from his clients or related parties and all expenses go to Craig Murphy’s companies.”
Early voting in the statewide primary runoff elections runs from May 16-20, with Election Day on May 24.