A Dallas Democrat appears to have been untruthful to the Dallas Morning News in order to seek their endorsement.
Last month, Texas Scorecard revealed that Rhetta Bowers, a Democrat candidate running for the state legislature in east Dallas County, had been sued three different times by Nueces County for failing to pay property taxes on a beach house condo she owned in Port Aransas.
But when the Dallas Morning News invited candidates to fill out a questionnaire for their voter guide, Bowers seems to have forgotten all about the civil suits.
When asked “Have you ever been involved in any civil lawsuits or declared personal or professional bankruptcy?” Bowers simply answered “no.”
This answer, however, doesn’t mesh with recently uncovered court documents which show Bowers was indeed sued by the county in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Ultimately she obtained a $14,133 tax lien transfer on the property in 2014, effectively taking out a loan for the amount owed.
Bowers is only one of several Texas Democrat candidates this cycle that have fallen behind on their property taxes, joining gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez and State Senate candidate Beverly Powell.
Based on her questionnaire responses to the DMN, however, it’s clear that Bowers not only has problems paying her taxes. She also has problems telling the truth.
Bowers is running against Republican Jonathan Boos in the general election.