While most Texans spent the Memorial Day weekend enjoying activities with family and friends and remembering the sacrifice members of our military have made on behalf of our country, the Texas Democrat Party was busy embarrassing itself again, promoting t-shirts and mugs that celebrated their party as the “pot-smoking lesbian coalition.”


The phrase originated from Dave Carney, Gov. Greg Abbott’s top political consultant, who used the phrase to aptly describe Texas Democrats after the runoff election last week, which saw Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez beat out Houston businessman Andrew White for their gubernatorial nomination.

Texas Democrats scurried into action and put out a statement on Friday celebrating their new line and imploring supporters to “get your pot smoking lesbian coalition t-shirt, mug, and buttons today.”

But by Sunday evening the press release was scrubbed from the party’s website, along with the items in their online store and social media posts referencing the line.

Several Republican lawmakers drew attention to the shirts on their social media pages, noting the self-destructive nature of the Texas Democrat Party and believing their new campaign to be helpful for Abbott and other Republicans’ election later this year.

Though a Democrat has not been elected to a statewide office in Texas since 1994, the party seems to be continually lunging to liberal extremes. By promoting themselves as the “pot-smoking lesbian coalition”, Texas Democrats continue to forfeit any opportunity to be taken seriously and eliminate any distant hope of returning to prominence anytime soon.

That said it’s hard not to give them credit for finally having some truth in advertising, if only for a weekend.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens


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