What happens when State Representatives do not represent those who put them in office? Texans like John Alaniz look into answering the call to serve.
Representative Ralph Sheffield has signed a pledge card to Speaker Joe Straus. Why is that a problem? Watch this video and you will understand.
Temple, Texas – July 26, 2011 – 2008 State Representative Candidate John Alaniz is considering another run for State Representative in his district.
“As I continually monitor state politics closely and in some instances talk one-on-one with Representatives, it has become evident that the State of Texas needs more principled public servants. My biggest issues are; the strong arming of our best Representatives and the ‘quid pro quo’ environment that buys votes with promises of power or campaign contributions.”
Alaniz voiced his concern over the deliberate disadvantages made by the Speaker of the House and his leadership team towards our strongest conservatives.
According the Temple Daily Telegram Jan. 6, 2009, when discussing Speaker Straus, Sheffield stated: “[Straus] does not stand for his party’s ideals.” “Now Representative Sheffield has become an ardent supporter of Straus which is an about-face from his message during his campaign and after winning the 2008 election,” Alaniz said.
Both Alaniz and Mike Pearce, Republican Candidates in the 2008 Primary, endorsed Sheffield in the run-off. Now both have withdrawn their support.
Sheffield’s support of Straus has been costly for our more principled conservatives in the House and State Board of Education. I agree with Representative Bryan Hughes who said the redistricting process for retribution reminds us of all that is wrong with politics (Rep. Hughes Press Release Nov.10, 2010).
“The Speaker’s race should be decided not based on threats of punishment and not on promises of power, but on principle,” Hughes said.
The threat became reality for State Board of Education Representative Ken Mercer and other SBOE conservatives. Mr. Mercer explained that despite hundreds of phone calls and emails by Republicans and committed tea party supporters, the House and Senate leadership ruthlessly pushed through a new SBOE redistricting map that was deliberately drawn to damage conservative candidates’ chances of being elected for the next ten years (Ken Mercer Press Release Jul. 19, 2011).
“Because Representative Sheffield did not defend our more principled public servants from the retribution of those he supported, I have decided to move forward in establishing an exploratory committee,” Alaniz stated. In the upcoming months, the spirit for the exploratory effort and any subsequent run for office will be based on: principled servant leadership. If Alaniz finds enough support for this principle and his candidacy, he will run for the State House.
As a young adult, Alaniz fell for the liberal and progressive philosophies and suffered because of it. He is now a committed conservative.
“It troubles me to see people suffer because of the same mistakes I made when I was young,” he said. “My concern is multiplied when I see politicians training people to depend on government and claiming big government is our only hope.”
Alaniz believes in hope and change, but that hope and change comes through the commitment of citizens to follow the Judeo/Christian principles upon which our country rests and upon which the United States has established itself as the longest-running Constitutional Republic in the history of the world.