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In his seventh bid for public office, having not yet been elected, perennial candidate Gary Gates is now trumpeting endorsements by liberal Republicans as he runs for the state’s Railroad Commission.

The Railroad Commission oversees the state’s oil and gas industry.

Since kicking off his latest campaign, Gates’ has been taking his cues from disgraced State Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland). Now heading into a run-off with conservative stalwart Wayne Christian, Gates is touting the endorsement of liberal Republicans Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) and Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth).

Cook has worked for two legislative sessions to get driver permits for illegal aliens, while aiding labor unions by killing legislation designed to protect employees’ paychecks.

On the other hand, Christian has been endorsed by the Texas Oil and Gas Association, every conservative grassroots group in the state, and conservative leaders like State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) and U.S. Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland). He’s also been endorsed by the former chairman of the Railroad Commission, Michael Williams.