I’m very pleased to make this announcement.
Last night, TexBlog PAC made our first endorsement of the 2008 general election cycle- Democrat Diana Maldonado, who is running in House District 52 (Round Rock).
The unanimous endorsement is the result of deliberation among the PAC’s seven board members from various progressive Texas blogs, and was accompanied by a $5,000 check you made possible with your generous donations.
In 2006, Democrat Karen Felthauser ran an under funded race, but even with only $16,000 she managed to receive 44.2% of the vote compared to Republican incumbent Mike Krusee, who received 50.44% of the vote. Now House District 52 is an open seat, and Diana Maldonado gives the Democratic Party a strong chance to win one of the five seats needed to win a majority in the Texas House of Representatives.
“Diana Maldonado will represent the people of House District 52, unlike a pro-Craddick Republican,” stated Karl-Thomas Musselman Board Member of TexBlog PAC and Publisher of Burnt Orange Report. “We chose Maldonado because TexBlog PAC is actively working to end the era of one-party Republican rule in Texas by electing Democratic candidates at every level. Texas families cannot afford another two years of Republican corruption, cronyism, and cuts. Maldonado will fight to improve public education, expand access to quality health care, create responsible transportation policies and protect our environment. She will be a voice that represents the people of her District, and we’re proud to endorse her.”
Maldonado’s endorsement is the first of 5 major endorsements by the new PAC. During the 2008 election cycle, the TexBlog PAC will work toward winning 5 additional seats in the Texas House, allowing Democrats to elect a Democratic Speaker. A net gain of 5 house seats will put an end to the Republican claim of unilateral power and bring back the democratic process to the people’s House.
“Texas’ progressive bloggers decided to put our money where our mouse is,” Vince Leibowitz, TexBlog PAC Board Member and Owner of Capitol Annex stated. “There are masses of untapped grassroots resources across Texas. There are exciting technological advancements that we can utilize to help get more good Democrats elected. Rather than sit on the sideline and Monday-morning quarterback, TexBlog PAC will actively engage our readers and supporters to help take back Texas.”
You can see some photos from the BOR party at which she was presented with the check for her campaign. It’s pretty amazingly cool to have been a part of that, but it’s only the beginning. We’ve got more candidates to endorse and support, and a lot more events planned and in the works. Our endorsed candidates will also be writing some blog posts for us so we can get to know them better – look for Maldonado’s contributions next week. And finally, more pictures, from Mean Rachel and Elise Hu.