Weeks after reports of a lurid series of graphic text messages sent by State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R–Odessa) were released online, his constituents are demanding answers.
The highly explicit messages, first released by Current Revolt, were sent both over text messages as well as private messages sent from Landgraf’s social media account. They contain pictures of Landgraf—a married father—and a voice recording the lawmaker sent as part of a lengthy iMessage thread.
In several of the exchanges, Landgraf is asked if he can arrange a meeting between one of the women and various officeholders, including Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
In other messages, Landgraf is seen to be attempting to arrange sexual encounters between the two in the Austin area and elsewhere and asking for pornographic images and videos of the woman.
Landgraf refused to deny the allegations at an Ector County candidate forum, saying, “The truth always comes out.” The Odessa American, a failing newspaper loyal to Landgraf, reported that a woman named Tiffany Wilson (who was not named in any of the original reporting) claimed she had “never been involved in an affair with the married legislator and has never sent him nude photos or video.”
Shortly thereafter, voice recordings of a meeting between Wilson and Odessa Headlines reporter Matt Stringer revealed that she had shared the same graphic messages previously reported on. Additionally, Wilson claimed she first met Landgraf at an event in October of 2020. She says they later went to a hotel, where they had sex, and accused him of taking advantage of her while she was in “a dark place.”
Since then, the allegations have been met with silence from Landgraf.
The Republican Party in Ector County—the population center of Landgraf’s district—has invited Landgraf to multiple meetings of their executive committee to discuss the allegations but has failed to show up. Late Thursday night, the party released the following statement:
As the Ector County Republican Party Executive Board, we are disturbed by the serious allegations of sexual improprieties by State Representative Brooks Landgraf.
On two separate occasions, each with ample advance notice, the Ector County Republican Party asked Mr. Landgraf to meet with the Executive Board to discuss these allegations and we are disturbed and frustrated by Mr. Landgraf’s unwillingness to meet with us.
We continue to call on Mr. Landgraf to address these serious allegations to the voters of House District 81.
On the same day, State Rep. Kyle Biedermann (R–Fredericksburg) wrote a letter to State Rep. Matt Krause (R–Ft Worth)—who chairs the House General Investigating Committee—asking for the committee to investigate the accusations “swiftly.”
“These are serious allegations that, if true, likely merit a response by the Texas House,” Biedermann wrote in the letter. “If they are untrue, I am sure Representative Landgraf would appreciate being cleared of wrongdoing.”
Landgraf did not respond for comment as of publishing.