I thought I’d seen everything in Harris County Republican Party politics. And in truth, I’ve probably seen something similar to this and just forgotten about it, hoping beyond hope that we were beyond it. Sadly, we aren’t and for those of you wondering, it has nothing to do with Jared Woodfill, Paul Simpson, or the party chair race or structure. This is a sad, sad tale of an open judicial bench, two females of African descent trying to win it in a Republican primary, and the supporters of the lone white male in the race doing everything they can to see him win.
John Schmude is a candidate for the 247th Family District Court. His two opponents are Judge M. L. Walker and Melanie Flowers. Here is an email I received from John Schmude supporter Dr. Steve Hotze:
For a real treat, click on the video and watch Dr. Hotze read the script.
What are the facts? Did the two women vote for Barack Obama in 2008? Yes, they did. I discussed that here. But why does Dr. Hotze insist on telling his viewers/readers that the two women were part of an “African American” sorority? Hmm. Truth? Yep, I suppose it is. But truth is often more than facts. Why did he identify it as “African American”? You tell me.
Next, he says that the women belong to a sorority is rabidly pro-abortion. Really? Dr. Hotze provides no evidence, he simply asserts it. I have met both women multiple times, and have sat over coffee with each of them for a couple of hours and neither woman expressed anything close to being pro-choice, much less “rabidly pro-abortion”. But hey, they are alumni and Dr. Hotze decided that the sorority was pro-abortion, so obviously two plus two equals fifteen! Gotta love that new math of his.
Then he moves on to say the sorority is pro-lesbian. Again, he provides no evidence, Dr. Hotze just says it is so, so therefore it is. And by inference, these women obviously support the homosexual agenda, right? What exactly is the homosexual agenda, anyway? Equal rights for people made in the image of the Creator? Oh no!
And radical left, don’t forget that. Again, no evidence.
With influential leaders like this, is there any doubt about why the Republican Party is shrinking?
I texted this to Dr. Hotze, copying John Schmude:
The email you sent in support of Schmude is a classic example of why we are going to cease to exist as a party. It is racist, homophobic, and the attempt to portray both women as pro-abortion using the verbiage about the sorority is despicable and is no different than lying about them. I realize that you’ve known John a long time but winning by smearing people is not moral, ethical, or something that will make Jesus smile. David Jennings, BigJollyPolitics.com
To his credit, Dr. Hotze called me back. The first question he asked was, “Are you a homosexual?” You might say it went downhill from there. I found it interesting that during the very, shall we say loud, call, he didn’t bother with the racism or false attacks on abortion but almost entirely on homosexuality.
I also asked Schmude about it – he claimed to have no knowledge of the email. I sent him a copy of it and I told him he could disavow it. I received this response:
I strongly believe that a candidate has an obligation to convey to voters why they should vote FOR the candidate and not merely why they should vote AGAINST another candidate. As such, I do not like negative campaigning, and I believe that my campaign has steered clear of personal attacks that denigrate the political process. I certainly respect both of my worthy opponents who are two very accomplished women that I have had the privilege of getting to know both personally and professionally. The source of the email is self-evident by the disclaimer: “pd pol ad Conservative Republicans of Harris County“. It did not come from my campaign; nor was the content of this email approved in advance by my campaign. Despite the fact that I certainly consider Dr. Hotze to be a friend – and I admire him for the work he has done in standing up for our constitutional liberties and in fighting for so many conservative principles and values – he is not on my payroll, and he does not work for my campaign. I’m sure you are aware that he is quite independent, and he has never had a problem speaking his mind.
That’s not quite disavowing the content of what Hotze sent. More like, well, you know, I can’t control what others do on my behalf. Wink, wink.
Sometimes it is tough being a Republican. But it is never tough standing up for what is right. I believe that all people are made in the image of the Creator. As such, I believe that all people should be able to participate in the public arena, and that we should make our judgements based not on the color of someone’s skin, not on their sexual orientation, not on false accusations of their positions, but on the content of their character, their qualifications for the job, and on their true positions on the issues.
Folks, I’m not fooling myself. I do this as a hobby and take no money from anyone, nor do I have the personal resources to send out hundreds of thousands of ballots listing my choice on them so that voters don’t have to think about who they are voting for. I don’t know if Hotze will be able to get his candidate that comes from good conservative stock elected but I know that he has more influence than I do. I also know that if he gets his candidate elected, it will not be with my vote. I’m voting for Judge M.L. Walker because she is the most qualified person for the job, despite the fact that Dr. Hotze doesn’t think she comes from good conservative stock.
Near the end of my conversation with Dr. Hotze, he told me that I didn’t have big enough balls to stand up to the secular homosexual agenda. I told him that I had balls big enough to stand up to him. I didn’t tell him this but I’m also strong enough to love him as my brother despite our differences because we are both created in the image of God.