In the open-seat race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility today announced the endorsement of Sid Miller.

TFR’s president, Michael Quinn Sullivan, said that the organization considered the role of the commissioner in regulating a significant portion of the state’s economy.

“Sid Miller has proven himself to be a thoughtful, conservative policymaker able to effectively tackle hard issues,” said Sullivan. “Sid Miller understands that government agencies exist to serve the people, not the other way around.”

As a member of the Texas House, Miller received top ratings on TFR’s Fiscal Responsibility Index. He received similarly high marks for his legislative service from other conservative organizations.

“Sid Miller has been a champion for Texas taxpayers, protecting property rights and promoting free markets,” added Sullivan. “Just as important, Mr. Miller has a well-earned reputation for honesty and integrity, coupled with a strong work ethic. As such, we are excited to endorse Sid Miller’s candidacy and look forward to his service as Texas’ next Agriculture Commissioner.”

About the other candidates:

  • J. Allen Carnes, the mayor of Uvalde, is making his first run at statewide office as a Republican. He has not made a compelling case for his candidacy, but does bring a welcome youthful energy to the race. He lacks depth in his understanding of conservative movement politics, and tends to hedge his answers to simple questions about tax policy and the role of government.
  • Eric Opiela has made several unsuccessful runs for state representative. An Austin lawyer, Opiela is trying to re-brand himself as a gentleman-rancher. Unfortunately, his work as a lawyer for House Speaker Joe Straus is what has given him the most notoriety—specifically, his inept handling of the redistricting issue two years ago that included using the redistricting process to go after conservative lawmakers. During his brief tenure as executive director of the state’s Republican Party, he signed agreements forcing the party to occupy opulent offices, diverting needed dollars from campaigns.