San Antonio schoolteacher John Courage hopes Republican nominee Donna Campbell, a tea party movement favorite, has staked out positions that are out of the conservative mainstream for Texas Senate District 25. Campbell, an emergency room doctor who moved to Central Texas late last year, defeated State Sen. Jeff Wentworth and former Railroad Commission chair Elizabeth Ames Jones in the GOP primary.
Although Campbell is presumed to have a solid advantage in the Republican-leaning district, Courage is assailing her relentlessly for avoiding media interviews and refusing debate invitations in the runup to the November general election.
Here is his statement:
Why is my opponent, Donna Campbell, afraid to talk with the constituents of Texas Senate District 25?
Campbell has twice refused my invitations to join me in a series of public forums with our potential constituents in District 25, while at the same time she is accepting invitations to talk to Tea Party groups in Llano County, which is not even in our Senate District.
There are still a half a million eligible voters in Senate District 25 who have never had the opportunity to hear from her, about the important issues that concern the citizens of this district. It appears that she is either afraid to meet the voters, or afraid to meet with me, or indifferent to our potential constituents concerns.
Campbell also appears to be afraid of the mainstream media. She has consistently refused live interviews with well respected print media reporters, only agreeing to answer questions submitted in writing. While at the same time she is being tossed softball questions in lengthy personal interviews, with friendly conservative republican newsletters, and fringe blogs.
I believe the citizens of Senate District 25 deserve to hear directly from the candidates, both Donna Campbell and I, on significant issues of legitimate and pressing concern. Any candidate worth her salt that expects to truly represent her constituents can’t hide from them, or her opposition . Talking to remote Tea Party groups whose members cannot even vote for her may soothe her insecurities, but it won’t win her any votes in Senate District 25.
If Donna Campbell really wants to be a Senator, then she should come forward and face her supporters and detractors, and show why she is the best person to represent District 25.