Dallas County’s GOP leadership is fed up with so-called Republicans working against the party by endorsing Democrats, whose liberal stances on key issues are in direct opposition to the Republican platform.

In a resolution passed Monday night, the Dallas County Republican Party Executive Committee called out a handful of self-identified Republican ex-lawmakers and current precinct chairs for their “unprincipled endorsements” of pro-abortion, pro-open borders, and anti-Second Amendment Democrats who are running against conservative GOP nominees in November.

The DCRP called on former State Sen. Bob Deuell, former State Rep. Bennett Ratliff, soon-to-be-former State Rep. Jason Villalba, and Precinct Chairs Tracy Fisher and Robert Seward to respect the Republican Party of Texas platform, Dallas County’s Republican voters, and GOP incumbents who’ve faithfully defended the party’s core values:

“Be it resolved that we, the Dallas County Republican Party Executive Committee, urge all Republicans to vote for our Republican Nominees because of their consistent and active support for the Republican Party of Texas’ values found throughout the RPT platform and reject the unprincipled endorsements of Democrats made by former State Senator Bob Deuell, State Representative Jason Villalba, former State Representative Bennett Ratliff, Precinct Chairs Tracy Fisher and Robert Seward.


“We also call on Mr. Deuell, Mr. Villalba, Mr. Ratliff, Mrs. Fisher and Mr. Seward to respect the results of the Republican primary, the Republican Party of Texas Platform, our Texas values of freedom and liberty, and our Republican Voters as well as cease working against the Republicans of Dallas County, Texas. We urge Republicans to vote straight ticket in the 2018 general election to support all of our candidates and Keep Texas Red!”

Deuell lost his seat to taxpayer champion State Sen. Bob Hall in the 2014 Republican primary runoff. Ratliff was beaten twice, in 2014 and 2016, by State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, now a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Villalba, who alternately identifies as a “Reagan Republican” and a reach-across-the-aisle moderate, lost this year’s primary to conservative challenger Lisa Luby Ryan.

“Fake” Republicans are outing themselves statewide with their endorsements of liberal Democrats over conservative members of the party they claim. Some call themselves “moderate” or “responsible” Republicans — but there’s nothing responsible about voting for candidates who embrace the opposite of Republican voters’ core values of freedom and liberty.

This is the last year that straight-party voting will be an option in Texas elections. The DCRP is urging Dallas County Republican voters to use it. Early voting in the November 6 election starts October 22.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.


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