Tomorrow will conclude what has been a lively primary. Donations activity in the lone Texas Senate runoff for incumbent Jeff Wentworth over the last two months has been informative. Wentworth was forced into a runoff by tea party favorite Donna Campbell.
The phrase for Wentoworth’s recent donations is, “trial lawyers”.
Trial lawyer giving has come from multiple sources. Texans for Insurance Reform has given the most at over $180,000. The Texas Family Values PAC, a false flag PAC run by trial lawyers, has given $10,000 to Wentworth. The largest contributor this year is Lisa Blue Barron. The socially conservative-sounding PAC name is particularly slick considering Wentworth is the only pro-abortion Texas senator left in his party.
That trial lawyers are giving big to Wentworth isn’t surprising, but Republican colleagues giving to the last pro-abortion hold out is another story. Kel Seliger, Robert Duncan, Jane Nelson and Kevin Eltife have all given to Wentworth. This puts all of these Sentators at odds with Texans for Lawsuit Reform and Right to Life groups who are blocked by the relic from SD 25.
Joe Straus and his wife have both given to Wentworth. Straus, a moderate Republican like Wentworth, has been under constant fire for his pro-choice sympathies and family history. Jocelyn Straus was involved with the work of Planned Parenthood until it became a political liability for her husband.
Other house members contained in and surrounding Wentworth’s district have been aiding the embattled incumbent. We’ve learned that Doug Miller has been escorting Wentworth around New Braunfels. This and reports that Wentworth is also working Comal county Miller joins Straus and Reps Paul Workman, Lyle Larson and John Keumpel lining up against TLR in this bout.
Pro-gambling group Texans for Economic Development has given Wentworth $10,000. Last session Wentworth took to the steps of the capitol calling for the expansion of gaming in Texas. Recently the GOP platform and the NAACP have called for ending Texas’ lottery.
Parent PAC has dumped the largest lump sum into Wentworth since the beginning of overtime. With an infusion from Butts of San Antonio the PAC was able to spend $66,000 on this race.