Once hailed as a great conservative, State Rep. Debbie Riddle spent the last two legislative sessions thwarting conservative causes. Her increasing hostility to conservatism has grown in proportion to her closeness to the cartel of Democrats and liberal Republicans running the Texas House.

In no instance was her duplicity more apparent than when she joined with the Democrats in killing legislation that would require judges only consider American law in their rulings..

Also on the Calendars Committee, it was Riddle who made sure that Democrats were able to chew up floor time and get a vote for an economically disastrous minimum wage increase. (Of course, this is the same Debbie Riddle who voted for hand-outs for Hollywood.)

By giving Democrats floor debate and a vote on a sure-to-die minimum wage hike, Riddle ensured the death of a measure banning sanctuary cities.

Because of such Calendar games, Riddle was also instrumental in helping the cartel leadership team kill legislation important to social conservatives – like protecting traditional marriage.

Riddle has aligned herself with liberal Austin lobbyist Steve Bresnen who in turn writes checks to her campaign. Bresnen and his lobby group, the “Texas Family Law Foundation,” are known for opposing parental rights reforms championed by the Texas Home School Coalition. (Riddle has also favorably cited Bresnen’s lobby group as the reason she killed the bill ensuring American courts base their decisions on American law.)

She has two challengers on the March ballot. The first is long-time conservative activist Valoree Swanson. She’s earned a reputation as a consistent champion for conservative causes and is aligned with the state’s largest and oldest pro-life organization, Texas Right to Life. Also challenging Riddle will be Al Zolli, a small-business owner whose campaign is focused on making the office more responsive to constituents rather than lobbyists.

What’s Going To Happen: Debbie Riddle will tell bold-faced lies to her constituents about her record. She will claim she supports a ban on sanctuary cities, and plead ignorance to the records of her actual votes contained in the Texas House Journal.

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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