“Voters: Be Wary of Those Who Call Themselves ‘Conservatives’”
by Donna Garner 5.24.12
We grassroots citizens who are authentic conservatives must be very wary this election cycle because suddenly the term “conservative” is being co-opted by nearly every left-leaning candidate and/or organization out there. The left-leaners think that we voters will be fooled.
One of these left-leaners is Rep. Ralph Sheffield who represents the Temple, Texas area (HD 55) in the Texas House. Back when Ralph was trying to build support for his initial election, he contacted me. He wanted my husband and me (two retired teachers) to drive to Temple and help him formulate his education platform. At our own time and expense, we complied.
Because my husband and I do not curry political favor, we bluntly presented to Ralph what we expected him as a legislator to do to help the public school students of our state.
We told him that we would not support Ralph's candidacy unless he promised us he would contact us any time an education issue arose for which he needed guidance from the viewpoint of classroom teachers.
We spent several hours pouring out our concerns and giving him some practical suggestions for ways that he as a Texas Legislator could help instead of hamper the education reform so badly needed in our state.
At the end of our meeting, Ralph promised that he would stay in contact with us at every possible opportunity; and we did support his election, having lived and worked in the Temple area with many valuable contacts there.
Bottomline: Ralph “used” us. When Ralph got to the Texas Legislature and the first piece of education legislation arose, I immediately contacted his office to make sure we were networked for further communication. From that time until the present day, I have never heard a thing from Ralph Sheffield.
Not to be deterred, I have continued to contact Ralph Sheffield with important articles but to no avail. Early on, Ralph sold out to left-leaning Rep. Joe Straus, backed his Speakership, and proceeded to vote the way that Straus wanted him to vote on nearly every issue.
AgendaWise.com ( http://pushjunction.com/l/Bv8
) is going after Rep. Joe Straus by uncovering his lies and also by posting Straus’s recent campaign donations to various left-leaning House incumbents.
Surprise, surprise! Joe Straus recently gave Rep. Ralph Sheffield $13,870.
When this happens, then the question for HD 55 voters should be: “Ralph, what promises did you give Joe Straus in order to get that campaign cash?”
On the other hand, voters in District 55 can be assured that John Alaniz absolutely will not sell out to Straus or to any of the left-leaners in the Texas Legislature.
We know John personally and have worked with him on numerous conservative issues for our state. He is a man of high integrity and is absolutely the authentic conservative in this race! My husband and I wholeheartedly endorse John Alaniz for the Texas House.
John has boldly signed the Pledge Card for Constituents in HD 55 and has made himself accountable by filming a YouTube so that voters can hold him accountable in the future to honor his word: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M78BzKw2 ... e=youtu.be