While many do not pay attention to judicial elections, this may be one to watch — even if the Democrat in the race is running unopposed. A Republican candidate in Texas’ Dallas County race explained that it’s important to limit election day turnout for
“You might question, ‘why would you talk a Republican out of running against Eddie-Bernice Johnson?’,” Ron Natinsky (R), a candidate for Dallas County Judge, said in a video clip last November from a meeting of the Coppell Republican Club.
Natinsky explained why he discouraged one of his fellow Republicans not to run against Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who is unopposed in the 2014 election. “Well, because we don’t want to motivate her voters. We don’t need another 5 or 10,000 of her people going to the polls. What we want them to think is, ‘There’s no reason. She doesn’t have an opponent. I don’t need to go to the polls. I’ll go spend my food stamp money at the grocery store or whatever, you know, on Election Day.”
Natinsky told Dallas News he doesn’t remember the speech, or his disgusting remarks. “I haven’t seen the video and don’t remember what I said a year ago,” Natinsky said. “I don’t see the connection between spending food stamps on food and voting.”
However, he told a CBS affiliate that he doesn’t regret what he said, but that he’s “sorry that people are misinterpreting it because it is being taken somewhat out of context.”
“There are forces, local and national , who are expecting you to sit at home, and who believe that you will allow this election to pass you exercising our constitutional right to cast a vote,” Rep. Johnson said, without addressing the food stamp remarks. “The stakes are too high! Our future depends on your participation . Vote to protect what we have fought for.”
State Senator Roy West was livid over the recently-discovered remarks, which were posted on the Coppell Group’s web site until the video was discovered. “Ron Natinsky owes the people of my district an apology. To say that they are all on food stamps is outrageous,” West said. “If Natinsky does not apologize, we need to look at him to determine if he’s a racist.”
At least this is one Republican who openly admits he doesn’t want African-Americans to vote.
Listen to the remarks yourself, below: