At this year’s Texas GOP Convention in San Antonio, delegates will not only vote on the party platform but the leadership of the state party itself.

Every two years delegates must elect (or re-elect) a party chairman and vice chairman to represent the entire party as well as a male and female to represent their Senate District on the State Republican Executive Committee.

While Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has thus far refrained from endorsing in RPT contests, we do remain committed to providing delegates as much information is possible to ensure they can make an informed decision. As we did in 2017, Texas Scorecard has already circulated a 20 item questionnaire to both incumbent chairman James Dickey and his opponent, Cindy Asche. Their responses will be published on Tuesday, May 29th.

But this year we are also providing candidates for SREC a similar, but abridged opportunity. Below are five questions that we are providing to candidates. Should they respond by 5:00pm on Monday, June 4th, we will publish their responses as well.

 

  1. Why should Republicans choose you for the SREC?
  2. Texas Republicans control every statewide office and the Texas Legislature by impressive margins. What measures must pass this upcoming session for it to be declared a success?
  3. Current party rules allow for the SREC to censure a Republican officeholder that violates the party’s core principles. Do you think we should have this rule? Why or why not?
  4. Last year, efforts to censure House Speaker Joe Straus were successful, but efforts to censure State Rep. Byron Cook and other lawmakers were not. What are some examples of actions you believe violate the party’s core principles?
  5. Should you be elected, what tangible metrics should Republicans use to determine if you have been successful?

Responses may be sent to bwaltens@empowertexans.com and include the full name, hometown, and Senate District of the candidate.

Cary Cheshire

Cary Cheshire is the Vice President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. A 6th Generation Texan, Cary attended Texas A&M University was active in a number of conservative causes including Ted Cruz's Senate campaign. He has also worked on campaigns to elect conservatives to Congress and the Texas Legislature. Cary enjoys college football, genealogy research, and the occasional craft beer.

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