The Republican Jesse Jackson

Ever the victim, and always seeking a mob he can manipulate, Mike Sullivan has rushed to the front of the crowd to defend Governor Perry in his battle against the indictment handed down by Judge Bert Richardson’s special prosecutor. Much like his Democratic political doppelgänger, Jesse Jackson, he craves political relevancy on behalf of himself, his boys at Agendawise, and his dark money financiers: Tim Dunn, Jeff Sandefer, and Wallace Hall. In this episode, Mike, and his dark money puppeteers, have made both a tone-deaf move and a political miscalculation.

Gov. Perry doesn’t want Mike Sullivan and his recent ethics commission convictions anywhere near him while he battles his own grand jury. There were reports to me in the last few weeks that Mike had been over to talk to prosecutors at the courthouse himself, although it was wasn’t revealed whether his presence was on behalf of Perry’s problems or his own. Who knows if he was just protesting a parking ticket or, more likely, losing another motion in district court by his crack legal team of Nixon, Trainor and McDonald. Just last Friday, that stellar cast of lawyers did lose their frivolous challenge to the record level fine levied against Dunn’s operative, and were thrown out in record time by the judge.

When I went to the courthouse Tuesday afternoon to support Gov. Perry, I didn’t see Mike, or any of his fellow employees. Nor where Tim Dunn’s band of lawyers anywhere to be found; they were certainly not included on Perry’s legal team. I think this bodes well for my governor.

Mike called his people for a rally, but it seems like they didn’t show up. Politicos and press filled the crowd along with Perry supporters. Looks like Mike couldn’t drive his flock—or maybe he and Dunn are leaving them all behind?

Two major leaders of the Tea Party came out against Mike’s accusations on how the legislature handled the Perry veto: JoAnn Fleming and Rep. David Simpson. Perhaps the Tea Party isn’t following or listening to Mike?

While Dunn used his pay-to-play journalism operation at Breitbart to try to pin the Perry indictment on certain House members and Speaker Straus, Rep. Simpson eloquently explained the conservative reality for the demise of an amendment that Dunn and Mike have attempted to conflate with unrelated issues. Dunn’s spokesman conveniently neglected to mention that Dunn is supporting the campaign of Judge Richardson—who appointed the special prosecutor, Michael McCrum, who ultimately indicted Perry. It seems Dunn is as much responsible for this indictment as Lehmberg. Perhaps that is why members aren’t following or listening to Dunn’s sham news site?

Mike and Dunn should be careful. The LORD said “Woe be unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” They may want to make sure they aren’t forgetting their followers, or bearing false witness to what’s left of them.

Kolkhorst in the Hotbox?

Last night, Rep. Brandon Creighton trounced, whipped and defeated former one-time Rep. Steve Toth. Toth was thought to have the election in the bag due to his heavy support from Tim Dunn’s money machine in ultra conservative Montgomery County. He was so certain of victory that he resigned his position as State Representative to run, something he did not need to do.

The election was an overwhelming rejection of the fringe elements that continue to try to take over the GOP: Tim Dunn and his various extremist operations that support extremist candidates like Toth. The outcome was that Creighton, a conservative lieutenant of House Speaker Joe Straus, solidly and completely routed the Dunn candidate.

This is the second time in as many elections that the voters in this District have rejected candidates supported by Dunn. In the other recent runoff election, Dunn’s support proved toxic to Empower Texans’ darling Ted Seago.

So, what is the connection to the upcoming race by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst to replace Senator Hegar? And why should Lois care about last night’s results?

Well, it has been revealed here and other places that Tim Dunn and his lackeys have hand picked Rep. Kolkhorst as their designated candidate. Kolkhorst, reportedly at the insistence of Dunn, hired his usual political strategist, Luke Macias, to run her campaign. Macias was also involved in both the recently failed Seago and Toth campaigns. One of his trademark requirements is that his candidates have to not only oppose anything having to do with Speaker Straus, they have to repudiate any involvement with him whatsoever.

This has already put Rep. Kolkhorst in quite a pickle, seeing as she has been a loyal lieutenant under Straus since 2009. She even helped to topple Speaker Craddick and put Straus into the Speaker’s Chair. Assuming Luke has figured out a way to work around that requirement, how does Kolkhorst feel about having strapped herself to a losing campaign operation that has steadily been on the decline over the last few cycles? And with the SD4 race proving that the Dunn operation to which she has pledged herself can’t win in ultra conservative Montgomery County, how are the more mainstream conservative voters of Senator Hegar’s district going to react to the extremist positions yet to spill forth from the Dunn machine on behalf of Kolkhorst?

Besides being an excellent Representative to her Brenham based district, Kolkhorst is known as quite an athlete. Where she now finds herself is in the baseball equivalent of a hotbox between bases. She’s committed to the sprinting to the next base, but after the SD4 election, she sees that the baseman ahead has the ball. While Coach Dunn is telling her to keep going, something tells me she knows better. The people in the stands are going to have fun watching which way she runs…