Just days after being endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott in his campaign for the Texas Senate, State Rep. Drew Springer (R–Muenster) is sending campaign mail that appears to appeal to liberal Democrat voters.
Springer is currently in a special election runoff for Senate District 30 in North Texas. His opponent is salon owner and activist Shelley Luther, who made headlines this year for opening her Dallas hair salon in defiance of state and local shutdown orders.
As a result, Luther was jailed for two days until the Texas Supreme Court intervened. Since then, she has become a leading figure of the movement against onerous government mandates issued in response to the Chinese coronavirus.
For her actions, however, Springer attacks her from the left in his latest mailer.
“Defied lockdown orders despite receiving a cease and desist order,” the mailer says next to a picture of Luther addressing one of many rallies to open Texas held in recent months.
“Ignores science and endangers others,” another attack reads.
“Hosts massive rallies against CDC guidelines,” says another.
How dare @drewspringer send this out the day after @GovAbbott endorses him then shuts down our businesses AGAIN! Are you seriously that desperate for the liberal vote?#DrainTheSwamp #proudIvotedtrump pic.twitter.com/v38mb8ZcNf
— Shelley Luther for Texas Senate (@ShelleyLuther) December 4, 2020
Because the race is a special election, Democrats will be able to vote in the runoff race. Texas Scorecard asked Springer’s campaign who the audience is for the mailer, but no response was received as of publishing.
Neither has Springer responded to questions about whether he opposed the massive rallies held by President Donald Trump at the same time.
Notably, the mailer also attacks Luther for supporting a “consumption tax on basic needs.” In 2019, however, Springer championed placing sales taxes on groceries and gasoline as a means of offering property tax relief.
“Expanding the state sales tax base is a cost that consumers can control, whereas property taxes cannot be controlled by the individual,” he told Texas Scorecard at the time.
The special election runoff is scheduled for December 19. Early voting is ongoing.