No professions trade on their personal ethics quite like doctors and real estate agents. Both professions, correctly, treat their personal integrity as their greatest advertisement. Which makes two endorsements by their political action committees all the more perplexing.

The PACs operated by the Texas Medical Association and the Texas Association of Realtors have endorsed two of the most noxious members of the state legislature, Democrats Carlos Uresti and Ron Reynolds.

Reynolds, who represents Missouri City in the Texas House, was recently convicted of five counts of illegal solicitation of legal clients. He has been sentenced to serve a year in jail.

Uresti, meanwhile, is a San Antonio state senator who was caught on video in an apparently adulterous tryst in an Austin hotel’s public bathroom during the legislative session.

Before you think your family doctor or neighborhood Realtor are personally supporting felons and adulterers, this is yet another instance of these two PACs working against the professionals whom they claim to represent.

For example, Texas doctors have consistently opposed ObamaCare yet the TMA – along with it’s parent organization, the American Medical Association – has lobbied not only for ObamaCare itself, but full implementation of it at the state level through “Medicaid expansion.”

The PACs of both the TMA and the Realtors are run by lobbyists in Austin, and show a wide disregard for the values and principles generally ascribed to the two honorable professions.

As Scripture says, “bad company ruins good morals.” Doctors and realtors are being forced by their PACs to keep some rather unsavory bedfellows.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."