Voters in State House District 97 probably don’t need the reminder, but candidate Bob Leonard — the former rep-turned-lobbyist supported by the grow-government crowd — has an abysmal record on taxpayer issues. The Texas Legislature has too many faux fiscal conservatives as it is; we don’t need another one.

In his last session in the Legislature (1987), Leonard voted to raise sales taxes, expand business taxes, create new business taxes, and even vote to levy a tax on bingo players.

In that year, the lege was facing a shortfall, but rather than work with conservatives to reduce spending, he joined with liberals in working to raise taxes, and he voted for massive increases in state spending that same year. Par for the course in his ‘service’ in the Legislature. (By the way, the Fort Worth Star Telegram endorsed him because he is willing to raise taxes as soon as he is back in office.)

Bob Leonard may be many things, but he is no friend to Texas’ taxpayers or economy.

(That’s why the Empower Texans PAC endorsed Craig Goldman for the seat – he believes the taxpayers’ money should be left in the taxpayers’ wallet, and government should be carefully restrained.)

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."