Plano Mayor’s race, council election turning nasty as opponents of Harry, Prince, Valente smeared

More than $100,000 is being spent in money raised outside Plano to keep Mayor Harry in office. The campaign is running the Good Old Boy style campaign where the Mayor smiles in every picture and says nice things, while using slight of hand to send out negative dirt on opponents.

When we opened the mail box this week and found a expensive front- and – back full-color mailer from Ben Harris we thought this looks brilliant as he leaves office because of term limits. It looked like a positive mailer thanking voters. But, it was something else in disquise.

It would have been brilliant all the way through if Ben Harris had just said positive things about some candidates we really like in this May 6 election. But, it went from brilliant to bad in seconds for us.

The latest negative ad dressed as a positive advertisement contains some nasty information on the opponents, who are all against Plano being overcrowded.

Negative campaigns and mud-slinging have historically worked nationwide and across the state but the David Dewhurst dark and nasty campaign probably cost him the State Senate election.

Negative campaigns are generally used to cover-up and hide the real problems of candidates running them.

There’s a new mailer out touting Plano’s Best Candidates, but it is loaded with negativity and smears. Just look at it. Dripping with mud.

In his expensive mailer, Ben Harris is the face of Harry’s negative campaign against Lilly Bao.

Now, Ben Harris is also the face of the negative campaigns against Ed Acklin and Anthony Ricciardelli.

We suggest Ben Harris say positive things about the candidates he supports. And stop there.

And, usually when someone comes out campaigning negatively while pretending to be a positive, you know that means that person wanted to run for Mayor but calculated that he would lose in a race with Harry. These negative nasty words against Acklin and Ricciardelli are just the stepping-stone to a later run for mayor by Ben Harris, if history helps us predict future Plano campaigns.

You may have also seen Harry’s other latest mailer that blames all of Plano’s problems on Frisco’s growth. True, Frisco is the fastest growing city in the USA. That all happened while Plano was putting all its efforts into that bizarre turn-around traffic system on Preston Road and Legacy. Frisco also took off while Plano was watching neighbor Richardson build its new huge CityLine around State Farm.

Plano is a great city. Let’s don’t go blaming Plano’s problems on Frisco.

Good luck to all, including Ben Harris, who did a fine job getting Plano to where it is. Again, he is not running this time, but we expect to vote for him again in the future.

Ben if you paid someone who told you it would be a good idea to attack opponents, you might consider getting your money back. All you did was turn a brilliant positive into a real negative. Polling before the election showed that Harry could win this election by just putting his feet in his cool socks up on his desk and taking a nap. He has all the name recognition. Voters know his smiling face. He landed several big companies. And, he has that colorful sock collection. … Just shake hands and smile. … But now polls are showing his campaign made a mistake by going negative. The way voters know if polls reveal that a popular Mayor is nervous is when a candidate launches a negative campaign through the mail and makes personal attacks. We will never understand why Harry has his friends even mentioning the opponents. Build up Harry not tear down concerned citizens.

Stop smearing opponents and their families like you did to Bao, Riccardelli and Acklin. What that tells residents is that if you stand up to city hall and ask questions, you will be smeared. We don’t want that.

Stay positive.


Collin County Primary Run-off Election results


Matt Shaheen won the Republican Primary Run-off
Team Matt Shaheen won the Republican Primary Run-off



SUSAN FLETCHER 54.0, Mark Reid 46.0

“I would like to take this time to thank the voters of Collin County for their vote and ultimately the trust they have placed in me to be the next elected Commissioner for Precinct 1,” Susan Hayes Fletcher said. “I am honored to have earned this trust and do not take it lightly. From day one, I was focused on running a positive issue-oriented campaign and that resonated with the citizens of Collin County. I would like to also thank my opponent, Mark Reid, for his service to the county. We need to honor those who are willing to step up and serve their community and encourage citizen participation. I would also like to thank the volunteers who gave of their time and treasure to make this campaign successful. They put their trust in me and I am proud of the campaign we ran. I look forward to the challenge ahead and ask for everyone to come together and keep making Collin County the Jewel of North Texas.


Republican Run-off

JOHN RATCLIFFE 54.93, Ralph Hall 45.07


Democrat Run-off

DAVID ALAMEEL 76.63, Kesha Rogers 23.37


Republican Run-off

 KEN PAXTON 69.91, Dan Branch 30.09


Republican Run-off

MATT SHAHEEN 53.8, Glenn Callison 46.2

“Robyn and I feel truly blessed for the victory tonight and are thankful to God,” Matt Shaheen said. “I want to thank the many volunteers, statewide organizations and State Representatives who stood with me in my fight for liberty. I am grateful for the outcome tonight and what’s to come!”


Republican Run-off

 DAN PATRICK 68.95, David Dewhurst 31.05


Republican Run-off

 RYAN SITTON 51.33, Wayne Christian 48.67

“With your support, we were able to win the runoff election for Railroad Commissioner,” Ryan Sitton said. “I can’t thank you enough for all your efforts on my behalf.

“We have a lot of work to do between now and the general election,” Sitton said. “I’m committed to working as hard as ever to earn every Texans’ vote. After all, it is important that every Texan is confident and proud of our energy industry and the Railroad Commission must be out in front representing you every day in a responsible way.

“I also want to thank Wayne Christian and his supporters for a spirited race,” Sitton said. “Wayne should be proud of his campaign and past service to our state. Thank you again for supporting me. Together we will make sure Texas leads America to becoming the global leader in energy.”



RICHARD FRIEDMAN 56.3, Jim Hogan 43.7


SID MILLER 62.28, Tommy Merritt 37.72,%202014%20Combined%20Election%20Day%20and%20Early%20Ballots%20-%20Accumulated%20Totals.pdf


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James ready to kick out skunks in Washington

By Brian Bearden
U.S. Senate candidate Craig James told the Mark Davis’ WBAP radio show audience Wednesday that he is in the race to kick the skunks out of the bushes.

James, the underdog from Celina, Texas, who left ESPN to join a crowded Republican Party race led by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, said he is prepared to debate the candidates Thursday night at the downtown Hilton in Austin and get started on a campaign tour across Texas.

At 7 p.m., Jan. 12, Empower Texans and the Texas Public Policy Foundation will co-host the first debate of the Texas Republican U.S. Senate candidates. Along with Dewhurst and James, former Solicitor General for Texas Ted Cruz, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and funeral director Glenn Addison of Magnolia, Texas, have confirmed. They are running for the seat open with Sen. Kay Baily Hutchison retiring.

“I have been studying the issues, and I am confident that I can convey my message and passion in the debates,” James said, pointing out his friends say he has been debating for years as a college football broadcaster for ESPN. “I’m for the Constitution, family and God. I want to get out there and show my passion, my vision.”
James said that although there may be hard-feelings in Lubbock because football coach Mike Leach was forced to move on after an incident with James’ son who played for Texas Tech, James believes he can pick up votes in West Texas and across the state. James said he has two of the top fund-raisers on his team, and his campaign has been building an organization.
“Our polling shows that statewide voters in this race are undecided,” James said. “I am a businessman, a rancher and a real estate guy. I understand what it is like to run a business in this economy. When you have been in it on the front end, signing checks, you understand that something needs to be done. We need to kick the skunks out of the bushes.
“[In Lubbock], you would be surprised there are a lot of friends I do have there. There is been some water under the bridge. We supported our son against an evil act. I understand there are some who don’t understand it. They weren’t in my shoes.”

James wants to be part of a conservative wave that transforms Washington D.C.
After watching Gov. Mitt Romney win Iowa and New Hampshire, James said Republicans need bold leaders.
“If the nominee is going to be Gov. Mitt Romney, I hope he is bold enough to go up there and kick the skunks out, too,” James said. “We can’t keep sending career politicians to Washington D.C. … I want people to get involved and go vote.”
James said he believes President Barack Obama wants to turn the United States into a European-style, welfare-state socialist country.
“If I wanted it, I would move across the big ‘pond’ to Europe,” James said.
James told Davis that fund-raising has been picking up as voters become aware of his campaign.
“Well, would you like to send in some?” James asked. “The money will come.” reports this is what James is up against:

Ted Cruz, tea party

Individual Contributions: $2,753,833
Candidates Loans: $70,000
Unique Donors/Contributors: 2,217
Facebook Friends/Fans: 68,740
Twitter Followers: 18,048

David Dewhurst
Individual Contributions: $2,456,934
Candidates Loans: $2,000,000
Unique Donors/Contributors: 1,157
Facebook Friends/Fans: 25,393
Twitter Followers: 5,702

Tom Leppert
Individual Contributions: $2,462,297
Candidates Loans: $2,600,000
Unique Donors/Contributors: 1,681

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