Republican “refugees” from a Democrat-controlled state have a message for their new Texas neighbors: Don’t vote for what we fled.

A group of former California residents, who relocated to the Lone Star State in order to flee harmful liberal policies, launched the Keep Texas Red PAC to help them share that message.

The conservative political action committee is aimed at spreading the word to Texas voters about why blue states have failed and why it’s imperative for Texas to not follow these blue states.

The super PAC will not fund candidates.

“Instead we are 100% focused on direct voter outreach delivering a message of not voting for the same policies that destroyed where we came from,” said PAC founder Paul Chabot in a press statement announcing the launch.

Chabot and his wife are native Californians who moved to North Texas in 2017.

That same year, they started Conservative Move to help other families and businesses relocate from liberal “blue” states like California to conservative “red” states like Texas.

“California was the state of Reagan; now it’s the state of socialism,” Chabot said. “Democrat policies harm families and businesses.”

Keep Texas Red is also sharing people’s stories of why they fled California for Texas.

Rohit Joy, a CPA who now lives in Plano, says he left because he wanted to be able to afford a house—something that was out of reach in California. He said California’s high taxes and cost of living are direct consequences of Democrat policies.

“Here, I don’t feel like I have to hide the fact that I’m a Republican,” he added. Joy serves as secretary of Collin County Young Republicans.

“Don’t California my Texas,” Joy said. “Don’t vote for what I fled.”

Chabot and others have similar stories.

“Texas is an amazing state, and research shows that the majority moving here are like us, Republicans. Yet a large segment of the Texas population votes Democrat without truly living the Democrat nightmare,” Chabot said.

“They truly don’t know how lucky they are, and we hope they listen to us.”

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.