It's Not That John Whitmire Is Bipartisan, It Is Connections To People Who Don't Respect Election Results
Houston Mayoral candidate State Senator John Whitmire keeps saying he won't shrink back from accepting bipartisan support in his campaign. I've heard him say it many times.
But the issue isn't bipartisanship. It is that the Senator takes support from officials such as Dan Patrick and so many other Republicans who clearly are not committed to democracy.
That's the real concern. Senator Whitmire seems very comfortable with people trying to undo elections in Harris County.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"Most of the Republican donors maxed out the city’s campaign contribution limit of $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for political action committees. A number of GOP donors have also contributed to a pro-Whitmire group, Protect and Serve Texas PAC....."
The Senator along with a number of other Democrats running for Houston municipal office have accepted the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers Union.
The police union has not stepped back from support of election deniers and officials calling for our elections to be redone in Harris County.
There is no public safety without democracy. Senator Whitmire & Democrats accepting law enforcement union endorsements must ask those unions to step back from candidates or official who don't accept election results.
There is nothing wrong with bipartisanship in normal political circumstances. We are not in normal political circumstances. The Republican Party is not committed to multiracial democracy. The Republican Speaker of the U.S. House and also the leading candidate for the 2024 Republican Presidential nomination are not committed to multiracial democracy.
John Whitmire has given over his 50 year political career to systems that lost Roe, lost most of the Voting Rights Act, messed up the weather and left Texas in control of authoritarians. How can he know right from wrong after a lifetime spent in that rot?
A life in privilege in a Texas Legislature that so often prioritizes causing harm and doing cruel things surely has left a strong imprint on the Senator. He has the wrong person to protect Houstonians from growing anti-democratic threats.
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I'm Neil Aquino