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Sibley vs. Birdwell - The final battle

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

AUSTIN - Candidates vying for the vacant senate seat in District 22 are grasping for straws as early voting is underway and election day draws near.

At the recent Republican Party Convention held at the Dallas Convention Center Saturday, June 12- Sunday, June 13, the Young Conservatives of Texas were passing out flyers stating Republican Candidate David Sibley, former Mayor of Waco, has donated to 10 of the current 12 Democrat State Senators, the same senators who will fight Republicans in the all-important redistricting battle.

Contribution reports document the fact Sibley has donated to numerous Democrats who faced Republican opponents running for the Texas Legislature.

"The Birdwell campaign, through surrogates such as the Young Conservatives of Texas, is desperately grasping at straws. Voters are sick of negative, false and misleading attacks, " stated Spokesperson for the David Sibley Campaign Kirsten Voinis.

"Regarding YCT’s charge of Mr. Sibley’s donations, that attack has been made and answered weeks ago.  A look at David Sibley’s entire record of contributions shows that he has overwhelmingly supported conservative causes, including a significant number of Republican candidates or officeholders.

From Aug. 21, 2003, to June 9, 2009, Mr. Sibley made a total of 409 political contributions totalling $529,482, according to Texas Ethics Commission records. The 11 contributions cherrypicked by the Birdwell campaign and constantly cited by them total $6,000, or 1.1 percent of Mr. Sibley’s total contributions."

Lt. Brian Birdwell, a U.S. Army Veteran, has been faced with the attack he isn’t a resident of Texas much less in the district he is running for.

"It is cowardly for lobbyist David Sibley to hide behind lawyers and his supporters while he orchestrates a whisper campaign to discredit Col. Birdwell, his service to our nation, and his eligibility for office," stated the Birdwell campaign in a request for comment.

  "He had the opportunity to take his case to the Supreme Court, yet declined to do so because he knew he would lose.  It’s predictable, but not surprising that David Sibley would keep pushing this dead issue to distract voters from his record as a millionaire Austin lobbyist who has funded some of the biggest liberals in Texas.  As Col. Birdwell continues to gain momentum, it’s becoming more clear why Mr. Sibley worked so hard in a failed effort to keep Col. Birdwell off the ballot."

In Granbury Tuesday, April 26 Senior Judge William Brigham ruled Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brian Birdwell has been a Texas resident since 1973, confirming Birdwell meets all of the residency requirements to serve in the Texas State Senate.

While Birdwell is reported bringing in funding from his district almost six times more than Sibley, Sibley is being supported by bigger cities such as Dallas, Austin and Houston.

"Today’s [ Tuesday, June 15] report provides yet more evidence that David Sibley’s candidacy has little to do with our district interests, but is all about him protecting his special interests," stated Birdwell.

" Waco, Cleburne, Waxahachie and the many small communities of this district deserve a voice to represent them.   Austin already has over 1,400 lobbyists and we don’t need one as our state senator." 

SD 22 represents Bosque, Coryell, Ellis, Falls, Hill, Hood, Johnson, McLennan, Navarro and Somervell counties.

Election day is Tuesday, June 22.

 


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