As we have discussed in our previous endorsement, the Railroad Commission is a three-person board with a powerful responsibility to regulate and look over the ever-growing oil & gas sector in this State. The name is a misnomer, as the commission has very little to do with railroads, and instead exists as a sort of Energy Czar. When we look to the current commission’s members, however, we do not think of energy; nor do we think of competent and trustworthy mediators. Between Chrsti Craddick –the daughter of a former House Speaker– and Barry Smitherman, the religious zealot running for Attorney General, this board thoroughly laments the loss of skill and sensibility from the commission. While a background in the sector is, in fact, encouraged, for candidates, we would hope candidates would be able to present an open mind and use fair judgment, not being beholden to any special interests.
Accordingly, we recommend strongly against a vote for Wayne Christian, Ray Keller or Ryan Sitton. Specifically in the case of the former individual, we see no reason to continue in a tradition of business-as-usual, supporting politicians with no credentials in the field to speak of, merely a conservative record in the Legislature. Such a record does not suffice, in our opinion.
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Simply put, there have been some entrances and some exits in recent Statewide Republican primaries. Namely, in the races for the positions of Agriculture Commissioner and Railroad Commissioner.
Brandon Creighton, a State Representative from Magnolia who took his sweet time to announce his candidacy for Agriculture Commissioner, is out of the race. As far as I could figure, Creighton was the hands-down favorite in the race thus far, and his exit opened up a vacuum. Politics, of course, abhors a vacuum, and therefore a small stampede of candidates rushed into the primary, which now lacks a clear frontrunner. I never got around to writing about this last week, but Sophia discussed it in the week in review this past Sunday.
Now, the Texas Tribune reports that State Representative Stefani Carter, a candidate for Railroad Commissioner, has dropped out of the race. Carter, in stark contrast to Creighton, was not doing especially well in the race. Malachi Boyuls, George P. Bush’s business partner, has by far the most money in that race, and thus was crowned as the frontrunner by the Tribune. Carter, therefore, most likely felt her candidacy was not worthwhile.
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