TEApublican Texas State Representative Jonathan Stickland is a true conservative. On July 10 of last year, he voted to increase abortion facility requirements and ban abortions after 20 weeks, making it more difficult for Texas women to exercise their rights to their own bodies. On May 24, he voted against a bill requiring equal pay for women. Two days before that, he voted in favor of wasting government money to drug test those receiving unemployment benefits. On May 9, he voted against a free breakfast program for students.
He also recently voted to prohibit state funds from being used to enforce federal firearms regulations, and shortly before that to reduce the number of hours required for concealed carry training. A couple of days before, he voted to allow concealed handgun carry on college campuses. and strongly advocates against marriage equality.
Needless to say he feels that Andy Cargile, his Republican opponent, is a liberal RINO, as is evidenced by some of his supporters–namely Democratic Chair Jeff Childers. Stickland says that “Mr. Cargile has run the most childish campaign I’ve ever witnessed. He has yet to address one serious issue facing Texans. His website is vague on where he stands and leaves most issues completely untouched.”
Not to be outdone on childishness, Stickland, incensed that Childers supports his Republican opponent, posted a photo of Childers’ house on Facebook, complete with the address of the street upon which this evil liberal’s house can be found in an effort to showcase not only Childers’ support of his Republican rival, but of Wendy Davis and those evil, evil Girl Scouts.
Before it was edited, the post said this (we have redacted the street name and city of the victim):
AATTP has obtained a conversation in which a supporter contacted him, voicing opposition to his bullying tactics, but Stickland stood firm: It’s OK to bully a political opponent’s supporters, ESPECIALLY if it’s a Democrat supporting a RINO and trying to steal the election.
The victim of Stickland’s childish and (if the wrong supporter found the information) potentially dangerous attack, stopped by to let Stickland know that he was not intimidated and to address the issues on behalf of Strickland’s opponent:
[box type=”shadow”]”Well, it’s my house, feel free to verify. I grew up in Weatherford and recall when I was a staunch conservative Republican. Then the party changed. They no longer presented intelligent answers, they just started sneering down their noses at so many people they didn’t think mattered.
After years thinking it through I don’t see Christian or family values espoused by anything the GOP represents.
The proliferation of the vocal minority Mr. Stickland represents have valid concerns but I disagree if this is their tactics, it leaves no room for discussion on issues.
Posting my physical address was poor judgement at least and borders on political intimidation. What I put in my lawn is my business but I’m not a public servant.
Gone are the days when defense spending was just as large a conservative concern as the rest of our government. That filters right down to the privatization movement eating away at the schools my kids attend and our prison systems turning inmates into slaves. Conservatives seem perfectly fine with corporations getting handouts, I’m curious where Jonathan stands on that seeing he voted for extending franchise tax exemptions.
Where are your kids Jonathan? You’re already on record that you don’t want to spend money on some other family’s kids. I’ll grant you proved true to your word voting against a free breakfast program for qualifying students. Bravo. Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me, right? Whatever you would do to the least of these…
What happened to your commitment against taking lobbyist money Mr. Stickland? Care to shed light on that?
Voting against personal privacy on HB 318 strikes me as odd for a liberty-loving darling such as yourself. What exactly did you oppose in preventing employers from requesting personal passwords to employees accounts?
You people see a contradiction in my support or Andy as a RINO, I see two politicians at least trying to reverse course on the travesty our school funding has become. Growing population is such a grand thing but how long will Texas maintain a bustling economy with no one able to man the oil and gas pumps or handle business? Public education has been a cornerstone of our nation for ages, one must wonder where this relatively new push to dismantle it finds its roots.”[/box]
This frightening tactic of attempting to intimidate political enemies by leading people to their homes will hopefully not be copied by the rest of the Tea Party. As Southern Methodist University professor Cal Jillson wrote regarding Stickland’s actions:
“In this hyperpartisan era, it is probably not a good idea to identify a target for your stupidest and most aggressive supporter … Better to think first.”