This organization – website, political action committee, fundraising and promotions- was created as a direct result of the frustrating role and dominance of the ‘pay to play’ slate endorsements. Outraged at the role Dr. Hotze’s PAC was playing in our own local political races – endorsements that had little to nothing to do with the facts on the ground and everything to do with connections – we got organized and responded.
But a new one on us is the Felon Slate. Maybe you’ve gotten Simon Urbanic’s endorsement letter? Here’s what you should know.
Knowing Who to Vote For Can Be Difficult. And It Matters.
It is hard to know the real merits of each candidate given the complexity of the offices they seek, the difficulty in compiling an accurate method to assess candidates and the fact that so many candidates simply lie or try to distract with foolishness, eg. “I’m the only real Republican”. So voters look to their friends who are *in the know* on what’s going on, trusting their friends judgment because the friend attends political stuff. No one would hire an employee for their business in this way, yet it is common that people vote on the most tangential of knowledge, if any at all, for positions of substantial power and influence.
Bad outcomes occur. Exhibit A is disgraced Judge Chris Dupuy.
Hotze: Our Inspiration to Organize and Fight Back
The Houston Chronicle’s expose on the matter summarizes the dilemma perfectly:
Too much in our politics is based on social connections – who’s been friends with whom, who owes whom a returned favor – and very little to do with merit. So we took action, organized, registered with the State – spent a whole bunch of our own money to get underway – and here we are today. The upshot of all this is our endorsements are based on research and merit – not profits, popularity, nor social connection.
Enter a New Bedevilment: the Simon Urbanic Felon Slate
Recently, it came to our attention that a local party apparatchik, Simon Urbanic, was using his perch over at the *Republican Network* to promote his own slate of candidates. Mr. Urbanic is certainly free to promote whomever he chooses and we applaud his enthusiasm. But do the recipients of his promotional letter know that Mr. Urbanic is a felon, having pleaded no contest to stealing $50,000? Are they really trusting his judgment as to whom they should hire for elected office?
Read the judgment: Plea Simon Urbanic Theft 50K October 2000.
Theft of $50K = Lack of Good Judgment. Does it Matter to You? It Should.
We’re all for second chances and certainly people can change- even after they steal $50,000 from someone. But given the serious lack of good judgment evidenced by this person, how can anyone trust their recommendations for positions of influence and power? In your business, would you have Mr. Urbanic serve on your interview team, trust his judgment on whom to hire? Apparently, this didn’t faze our Commissioner’s Court as they’ve appointed Mr. Urbanic to a position of influence on a local board.