If you've seen my previous interview with Senator Shapleigh, you probably remember the Senator getting pretty bothered by the fact that I asked him if he would vote for Representative Moody if Republican Jay Kleberg made it to the general election.
How dare his Democratic credentials be challenged.
But when you think about it, the self-described Democrat of all Democrats has challenged his own Democratic credentials. As I have previously posted, the Senator has been openly cozy with Kleberg.
Now Senator Shapleigh used his visit with KVIA last night as a chance to attack Representative Chavez over her argument about money from the Republican-backed Texans for Lawsuit Reform and by default, defended Gonzalez's acceptance of the money.
This is part of the reason why people are becoming frustrated with Senator Shapleigh. Organizations like TLR, along with Rick Perry and Tom Craddick backed Dee Margo in his bid to unseat Senator Shapleigh a few years ago. Now he's defending Gonzalez's acceptance of their money?
What happened to the Democrat of all Democrats?
I know the Senator's intellect is supposed to be the stuff of legend, but does he really think voters are stupid, or does he really not understand the difference between the contributions received by Representative Chavez and Naomi Gonzalez? Representative Chavez took TLR money to help Representative Marquez get elected. Shapleigh was against Representative Marquez and supported his colleague in the legislature, Paul Moreno.
Now he wants to plot against a colleague in the legislature?
Representative Chavez's donations from TLR are no where near the amount of money Gonzalez has received from TLR. To imply that there is some kind of equivalence is quite simply dishonest on the part of Senator Shapleigh.
Last I heard Shapleigh championed against people like Rick Perry Republicans, now the self-described Democrat of all Democrats is backing their play in their support of Naomi Gonzalez?
The Senator is trying to act as though Naomi Gonzalez's appoximately 90% Republican-backed contributions is somehow the same as Representative Chavez taking a limited amount of money from TLR?
Nearly all of the Senator's criticisms of Representative Chavez are critiques that could equally be applied to Senator Shapleigh. Combative, abrasive, egotistical, difficult, arrogant, abusive, petty, self-centered...those things could as easily said about Senator Shapleigh as Representative Chavez.
I respect the Senator and he's a smart guy, but I gotta call it like I see it. I think the Senator is full of it on this one and is being a hypocrite.
Senator Shapleigh now seems to be setting his sights on getting Gonzalez elected and defeating Chavez. Why is the Senator weighing in against a colleague when the last time around he was helping a colleague? Why is the Senator trying to be a king-maker and a behind-the-scenes power broker?
Representative Chavez backed a political nobody with no history of service to the community in order to take out her rival in the legislature. Senator Shapleigh is essentially doing the same thing to Chavez that Chavez did to Moreno but acting as though its different.
Now where have I heard that before?
That sort of reminds me of some else around town.
Sounds like another former elected official that has left office but continued to try to influence local elections.
His actions sound a lot like...Luther Jones.
A Republican by the way.