A new television ad from Club for Growth Action targets House Speaker Dade Phelan’s appointment of liberal Democrats to leadership positions.

The 30-second spot, titled “Had a Choice,” highlights several of the Democrat chairs Phelan has appointed during his tenure as speaker of the House.

“Dade Phelan had a choice: Appoint any one of 80+ Republicans to chair the Criminal Justice Committee or pick a Democrat fighting to let cities defund the police. Dade chose the Democrat,” the ad’s narrator states.

The Democrat in question is State Rep. Joe Moody (El Paso), whom Phelan placed in charge of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee. In addition to supporting the defunding of police, Moody has a history of promoting “red-flag” gun confiscation proposals. He also wants to abolish the death penalty.

Additionally, when the Texas Legislature passed legislation that bans sanctuary cities for illegal aliens and requires cities to adhere to federal law in 2017, Moody hung a banner in his office accusing Republicans of racism.

Moody is not the only Democrat chairman mentioned in the TV ad. 

“For Chairman of Juvenile Justice, there were seven dozen Republican options and a Democrat pushing to let young rapists of 14-year-olds off easy. Dade chose the Democrat.”

The Democrat in question is State Rep. Harold Dutton (Houston), who authored a proposal to expand the state’s “Romeo and Juliet” defense to statutory rape if the participants were up to five years apart in age. 

As Phelan has entered the runoff election in second place to former Orange County GOP Chair David Covey, he said he has “not wavered” on his support for placing Democrats in leadership positions during a recent interview.

Phelan did not respond to a request for comment on the new television spot. 

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens