Just days after endorsing Odessa Republican State Rep. Brooks Landgraf for re-election, the sheriff of Winkler County has withdrawn his support after allegations of a sex scandal involving the lawmaker surfaced this week.
The news and satire website Current Revolt first reported on the allegations that show a series of sexually charged messages Landgraf has sent to various women, one of them allegedly being a female staffer at the Texas Capitol.
The highly explicit messages, as reported by Current Revolt, were sent both over text messages as well as private messages sent from Landgraf’s social media account. They also 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. It is not clear if Landgraf ever made those introductions.
In other messages, Landgraf is seen to be arranging sexual encounters between the two in the Austin area and elsewhere.
Landgraf has been silent since the allegations came out on Wednesday.
Odessa Headlines reports that Winkler County Sheriff Darin Mitchell emailed Landgraf on Thursday to withdraw his support, citing reporting from Texas Scorecard and saying he “cannot and will not endorse anyone that has allegations as these.”
“If these allegations are found to be true, you need to resign immediately.”
Mitchell added that if the allegations are found to be false, he hopes there will be “repercussions for the source of these allegations.”
Landgraf faces one opponent in the upcoming Republican primary election, Casey Gray.