Surprising no one, one of State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana)’s key supporters managed to further degenerate the political discourse last Sunday— by tweeting out a picture of fresh feces carefully placed upon one of Texas Right to Life’s mailers endorsing Thomas McNutt. The petulant display prompted some outcry on social media — where the poopetrator actually defended his childish antics.

Politics can be a filthy business —visceral, knee-jerk reactions are to be expected. But that’s not what this is. Bafflingly enough, Cook’s lackey actually thought this was a good idea.

It’s not just evident in his articulated defense, either. The address was carefully redacted prior to taking the picture, and the feces itself appears to be carefully placed — not scooped, as his original post suggested. These considerations suggest at least some degree of forethought — even if wholly flawed.

But that’s just the kind of perspective one would expect from one of Byron Cook’s local lackeys, albeit a bit early. After all, Cook’s legislative career has been tainted with petulance — from bullying local businesses out of supporting his opponent — to punitively bastardizing ethics reform to target his detractors.

It’s often said that you are the company you keep. Those who believe Byron Cook will work to elevate the political dialogue are in for…well, a whole lot of this.

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