UPDATE: United Texans Tea Party Mailer May 19, 2014 11:07pm
From Dale Huls:
“Folks, in the interest of truth and transparency, I wish to provide an update to my earlier email regarding the mailer that has caused such a controversy over the last couple of days. Due to the diligence of one of my tea party friends, she uncovered an issue in my earlier statement regarding the involvement of the Tea Party Express and the TeaParty.Net in the funding of this mailer as stated earlier.
When I was contacted about the mailer, one of the first things I asked was “who is funding this?” In a subsequent phone call, I was told that the Tea Party Express and TeaParty.Net were involved in this effort which I reported in today’s email. However, my friend (who is a Patrick supporter) dug deeper and contacted both groups to verify my earlier claims. What she found out was that they claimed to have no knowledge or involvement regarding the flyer in question. Furthermore, she sent me statements from both organizations verifying their non involvement (see below). My friend gave me time to contact the person who originally approached me to get their side of the story. As it turns out, it was claimed that when I asked who was behind this flyer that he was still talking about organizations that could be involved. Misunderstanding or miscommunication – I don’t know.
So now I know that no national tea party organizations were involved, I asked the question again, “who is funding this mailer?” At this point I was told that unnamed donors were responsible for the funding and he would not reveal their names. So was it the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, George Soros, or the Easter Bunny…who the hell knows because I surely don’t. That is the truth.
I thought I had checked this out beforehand. I Googled the dude and found that he had a Tea Party Express affiliation and just assumed this was legit. For this I apologize. If I had been told that unnamed donors were behind this, Mary and I never would have assisted with the flyer by giving it a Texas return address.
Finally, while the origins of the mailer may be sketchy, I still endorse the slate of candidates it represents. I have no knowledge, proof, or suspicion that any of the four candidate’s campaigns was involved in the manufacture and mailing of this flyer. Do not make any unfounded assumptions…just look at me when I made an assumption.
Again I want to thank my friend for sharing this information with me and allowing me to tell you the truth myself. As a Patrick supporter, she could have certainly ambushed me and attacked my integrity and truthfulness. I don’t lie. Whether you agree with me or not, I tell the truth as I know it. When I make a mistake it is an honest one. I hope my friend understands how much I value her faith in me.
The following are the statements from two tea party organizations regarding this issue:
It has been incorrectly stated that TheTeaParty.Net was part of a group of organizations involved with funding a recent Texas mailer under the banner of “The United Texas Tea Party.” TheTeaParty.Net had nothing to do with this mailer in any regard. We ask that anyone who has spread this misinformation to send communications correcting the record.
Todd Cefaratti, Founder & President, TheTeaParty.net
“[This person] is a fundraising consultant that does help us from time to time. He called around to Tea Party groups to see whether there was support for this, but didn’t find enough support.
So we told him that we were not interested after checking around with Tea Party people in Texas, we found that there was mostly support for Patrick over Dewhurst and even some division in the Christian race… we decided to decline it.”
Founder, Tea Party Express
“To all concerned,
Recently I was contacted about the possibility of the Clear Lake Tea Party sponsoring a mailer regarding four statewide races of whose candidates we endorsed. I was told that their was a potential 700,000 Statewide distribution list that we could reach out to for our endorsed candidates.
This flyer was funded primarily by the following national groups: Vision for America, Tea Party Express and Tea Party.Net. They were looking to give a Texas flavor since several Texas tea parties had endorsed this slate and asked the CLTP to sponsor this at no cost to the CLTP. Ultimately, the CLTP Board decided to not sign on to the mailer as they objected to language of describing the four candidates as “Tea Party Champions”. Although we endorsed these candidates as the best opportunity to further tea party goals and objectives for the next four years, Wayne Christen is the only candidate that has actually got down in the trenches with the tea party and can be considered a legitimate “Tea Party Champion”.
Therefore, the mailer was sent out under the name of “United Texans Tea Party” as an umbrella group specifically formed to manage the mailer and give voice to those tea parties and tea party activists that are supporting these candidates. Mary and I were asked to supply a return address on the mailer and we decided to let them use Mary’s old campaign P.O. Box address.
I know that many Tea Party opponents of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and erstwhile supporters of Dan Patrick are calling this mailer a “dirty trick” and are claiming that the Lt. Gov campaign team has sent this flyer out. They are simply assuming this to be the case without any evidence or facts to back up their assumptions. I did not have any discussions with the campaign’s of any of these candidates but only with a representative of the Tea Party Express regarding this flyer.
I personally do not have a problem with national tea party groups helping out those local Texas tea parties who have made choices for which there is agreement. If Senator Cruz had not received out of State help in his successful run for Senate he may have not prevailed at all. Now, I believe that David Dewhurst was not elected to the Senate so that he could learn from his experience and continue to serve Texas as Lt. Gov. Consequently, if I do not condem Senator Cruz for receiving out of State help, how can I condem the Lt. Gov. I do not understand the hysteria from other Texas Tea Party organizations regarding legitimate tea party support for the Lt. Governor. In our opinion, Dan Patrick is not a tea party “savior” and we have made our own thoughtful choice in this matter. It would be the height of hubris to assume that all tea parties in Texas are of a single mind when it comes to the endorsement of candidates. In many tea parties opinion, Debra Medina was a hands down favorite of the tea party, yet, some tea parties threw their support to Glen Hegar for TX Comptroller. And in the last Senate race with Cornyn, some tea parties chose Stovall and others chose Stockman.
We do not seek a savior, we make our own best choices. Yet, we are ever mindful of the higher principles and values that do unite all tea parties in Texas. While we seek solutions to the ills and problems that challenge our beloved State, please allow us the independence and freedom of choice to act in those ways we think is best for our State. I hope that the tea parties of Texas do not start to enforce their own brand of “political correctness” and “orthodoxy” in the liberty movement of Texas.
Be at peace and support your candidate as best you can. Let’s not turn differences in candidate choices into a blood sport. In the long run, no matter who is elected, the Texas tea parties must continue to work together to make Texas strong.