Email from the Mike Collier for Lt. Governor campaign:
Heck, if the Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor can be blunt, I don’t see why I can’t be blunt. You want to know why the Democrats are turning out more primary voters than ever before? Let’s see:
For the first time in two decades, they have a lot of contested primary races.
Why do they have so many contested primary races?
Donald Trump. To say that the President is a polarizing figure is like saying the earth rotates the sun. It is what it is.
The second reason? And most important for what’s left of the Texas Republican Party?
For whatever reason, Abbott has decided to attack Republicans, calling them Democrats. Imagine if you are a Republican voter and you hear the very popular governor of Texas saying that you haven’t really been voting for Republicans since 2010, you’ve been voting for Democrats and you are too stupid to know it!
And yet, that is exactly what Gregg Abbott is doing when he attacks three State Representatives in his own party, Sarah Davis, Wayne Faircloth and Lyle Larson.
You stupid, stupid voters! Who cares if you think the people that you voted for are representing you well! You sir, you madam, are an idiot! Because I, Gregg Abbott, am the sole definer of who is and who isn’t a Republican!
Tomorrow is going to be very interesting. Do the voters say, hey, you are so right Governor Abbott! I’m a blithering idiot for voting for these candidates! Geez, why didn’t you let me know years ago!
Or will they say, damn, dude is unhinged. If my candidate loses tomorrow, I’m going to check out the other side.
And thus, we have Mike Collier’s enthusiasm.
It’s ironic that I am recalling a conversation from 2014 when Abbott ran for governor the first time. I was talking with a local Harris County consultant and he was saying, can you imagine the inroads we would make if Abbott would support candidates in districts we aren’t supposed to win? At that time, Abbott was sitting on $20+ million and refusing to directly support candidates other than someone named Gregg Abbott.
We had a candidate on the ballot that checked every single box that you would want for a Republican. Decorated Navy sailor, solid conservative, everything you could ever want in a candidate. But he couldn’t raise money because the “powers that be” wanted to leave Gene Wu alone in District 137. Fiki ended up losing by a large percentage but the number of votes was only 1,944. You’ll never convince me in a million years that if Abbott had dropped $50k to Morad that he wouldn’t have won.
Yet today, in 2018, when Abbott’s warchest has grown to $43 million, we see Abbott spending a quarter million to defeat a Republican in Harris County, plus whatever he is spending to defeat the Bexar and Galveston County incumbents.
Want a big tent? Want to keep Texas Red? Stop telling voters that Republicans suck, Gov. Abbott.