Sunday, November 05, 2006

Desperate Texas Republicans Campaign For State Rep ... Fail To Mention She Died Two Months Ago

A slick new campaign mailer shows a smiling Texas state representative and reminds voters of her many notable achievements in education, economics and politics.

But the ad doesn't mention that Republican Glenda Dawson died in September at the age of 65.

But that's not all.

Dawson’s web page also doesn't disclose that she is deceased. And the page asking for e-mails from those Dawson had represented fails to mention her death, as does the page listing committee memberships by member. Additionally, there are yard signs all over Dawson's suburban Houston district saying “I’m still with Dawson.”

Critics have a word to describe the effort to conceal Dawson's death: Deceit.

Dawson's campaign hopes she'll win re-election to avoid a shoo-in win for Democrat Anthony Dinovo. At the time of her death, there was talk that Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, would hold a special election to fill her seat.

Instead, Republicans hope voters either won't know or won't care that Dawson is deceased, elect her, and then have Perry call a special election to fill the vacancy.

19 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whether it be the murder of people in the Iraq War, the torture and murder of innocent civilians in secret CIA prison overseas, or the cutting of funding in the U.S. for children in poverty, or putting a deceased Republican on the ballot in a hopeful bid to win an election, the Republicans represent the Party of Death.

People should envision the skull and crossbones on the ballot next to the Republican candidate on the ballot next Tuesday.
Is this the party anyone would really care to have control the country?!?

8:55 PM  
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8:55 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Unfortunately, this is the norm for our entire political system. If we do not stop all of the corruption in our political system and do not remove the "For Sale " signs for our governmeent, the terrorist will never have to attack us again or do anything that scares the crap out us because we will self distruct. We are already well on our way to destructively hating each other to accomplish the "terrorist" goals.

One way to stop our internal bleeding and put the control back with the ordinary people is to vote all incumbents out of office and keep doing it until we get the people's power back.

10:52 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

whoop4467 said...
"Unfortunately, this is the norm for our entire political system. If we do not stop all of the corruption in our political system..."


Whoop, it's a matter of election law that Dawson's name has to remain on the ballot, not a matter of corruption. A candidate's name can't be removed within 74 days of an election. That's just the way it is. I don't see where the Republicans are doing anything wrong here.



http://thefacts.com/story.lasso?ewcd=36405e3461500654

12:06 AM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Trinity, the issue isn't whether Dawson remains on the ballot. Mel Carnahan was on the ballot after dying in a plane crash a couple of weeks before the 2000 election.

The issue is the apparent effort by the GOP to hide the fact that Dawson is deceased.

12:56 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Yeah, you can't really remove her name, that's pretty much par for the course. Same with Mel Carnahan, or Mark Foley, et al. It's too close to the election.

If they're trying to obscure the fact that she's really dead, well, that's ridiculous, although you'd think voters would be informed enough. It's one thing to try to get them to figure out issues, but usually they can get whether they're dead or alive.

Still, there's a nice whiff of "the Distinguished Gentleman" in here.

9:38 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...
"The issue is the apparent effort by the GOP to hide the fact that Dawson is deceased."


It's difficult to even take the premise of that claim seriously, cutiepie. If people are politically active enough to vote, how ill-informed can they be not to be aware that Dawson is dead?

Just the fact that there have been signs reading, “I’m Still with Glenda Dawson.” posted throughout her district doesn't jibe with any attempt at hiding the fact that she died. That's what the word "still" implies, that even though Dawson is dead, you can still support what she stood for in life.

In any case, Dawson's daughter also sent out a letter to the voters making it absolutely clear that her mother had died.

"In a letter sent to voters, Dawson’s daughter, Dee Saenz, encouraged voters to pick her mother in the Nov. 7 election.

“Your vote would be a meaningful way to honor her memory and extend her legacy of dedicated public service, but most of all your vote will ensure that you have a choice in who represents you in Austin,”..."


This entire allegation is unfounded, imo, and just so silly.

1:01 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

Believe what you want, Trinity. There's an awful lot of evidence to suggest the Republicans, at least initially, tried to avoid mentioning that Dawson was deceased.

The local press caught wind of it over the past week or so. It's embarrassing.

how ill-informed can they be not to be aware that Dawson is dead? >>

I don't know, Trinity. How ill-informed do you have to be to believe a fake quote and a doctored photo of Al Franken? How ill-informed do you have to believe to buy into the racist overtones of the National Republican ad in Tennessee? How ill-informed do you have to be be to believe that Rick Santorum and Pete Hoekstra found WMD in Iraq? How ill-informed do you have to be to believe Sean Hannity when he proclaims that a 1995 memo, referencing work done in the 1980s, is proof that Iraq had WMD when we invaded Iraq in 2003? How ill-informed do you have to be to believe that the Missouri ballot initiative allows human cloning, when it explicitly says it doesn't? How ill-informed do you have to be to believe Conrad Burns knows of President Bush's "secret plan" to get us out of Iraq, which he won't share so that Jon Tester doesn't ruin it? How ill-informed do you have to be to believe that Bob Casey Jr.'s "team" includes seven people, none of whom have given to his Senate campaign, but two of whom have given to Santorum's Senate campaign? How ill-informed do you have to be to believe Donald Rumsfeld is doing a "fantastic" job?

Should I go on?

1:12 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

David R. Mark said...
"Dawson's campaign hopes she'll win re-election to avoid a shoo-in win for Democrat Anthony Dinovo. At the time of her death, there was talk that Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, would hold a special election to fill her seat.

Instead, Republicans hope voters either won't know or won't care that Dawson is deceased, elect her, and then have Perry call a special election to fill the vacancy."


I have an even better idea. In the event that Dawson wins the election, why doesn't Gov. Rick Perry just appoint Dawson's daughter to fill the seat? ;)

1:17 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

He could do that.

But really, the point is that the Republicans were trying to hide something from voters. It's not ridiculous to assume that a portion of the voting populace didn't realize Dawson died. Most of us can't even name our state representative.

1:57 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...
"He could do that."


I think you are sharp enough to know that I was being facetious, cutipie. That is more of a Dem move, not a Republican one. Republicans, for the most part, play by the book.

I just find it extremely amusing to observe liberals bellyache over some trivial matter like this, when they themselves are the personification of political hardballers, and they incorporate every trick in the book to retain or grab their power, including bending the election rules every which way so as not to lose any advantage. They are ruthless in this regard, and they stop at nothing. Yet they whine for something like this. It's just funny, that's all.

And I know, that in your heart YOU know, that I am right there. ;)

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story reminds me of Bush's choice for attorney general, John Ashcroft, the evangelical freak and architect of the anti-constitutional, fascist Patriot Act, after Ashcroft lost his reelection to the Senate to A DEAD MAN Mel Carnahan.

3:01 PM  
Anonymous alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...

The difference, anonymous, is that it wasn't a secret that Carnahan had died. It was all over the news, right before the election.

In the Dawson case, the mailer has a photo of her and uses the present tense to describe her. The web site uses the present tense to describe her.

According to an article in the Austin American-Statesman, you had to dig through the press release archives to find the family statement on her death. I was unable to find the link to the release.

4:33 PM  
Anonymous KingFlorez said...

They way they lie and spin they'd probably say she's not dead

The evil Liberals just spread the rumor she died so they could still a Republican seat. SARCASM

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Hardhead said...

Surely this won't interfere with her abilities as a Texas legislator

There's nothing in the state constitution that says the body has to be warm.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

trinity said...
alias: "cutiepie" johnson said...
"The issue is the apparent effort by the GOP to hide the fact that Dawson is deceased."

It's difficult to even take the premise of that claim seriously, cutiepie. If people are politically active enough to vote, how ill-informed can they be not to be aware that Dawson is dead?


I live in Texas( not in her district) and read a lot and I did not know she had died.

This is another of the "High Moral Values" issue that repukes claim to live by, so what happened here?

5:28 PM  
Anonymous trinity said...

If you aren't in her district, I guess you didn't need to know, whoop, since you couldn't have voted for her anyway.

In any case, I'm sure you've kept up with the representatives in your own district, right?

7:20 PM  
Anonymous whoop4467 said...

Another high moral value tactic by the repukes is the "robo-calling".
Looks to me the repukes are practicing what most criminals do by using their intellect to create havoc instead of using their intellect to improve America. When will it stop?

Also, Bush has set us up for gas price increases after the election. During recent speeches he is again using fearmongering tactics saying that if the "extremist" gain control of Iraq ( insinuating we just might not win) they will hijack the OIL supply and cause our gas prices to go to $4/$5 a gallon. Again this is a subtle hint that we went to Iraq only for the OIL if that is his main concern instead of their increased control of an area he wanted to democratize. Why would Iraq's interruption of oil export cause our gas prices to go up so abruptly when we import very little if any of their oil, unless it is being done under the table?

12:33 AM  
Anonymous trinity said...

Whoop, in case you aren't aware, Iran has designs on the entire Middle East and wants to control all its oil reserves. It wants us out of Iraq, then out of the Middle East entirely, at which time we will be at their mercy. Over time, $4 or $5 a gallon gas prices might be the least of our problems.

Oh, sorry. I didn't mean to use fearmongering tactics on you.

12:02 AM  

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