Outside influence, fake social media pages are part of District 73 race
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small things cannot be trusted with important matters.” — Albert Einstein
Many of us have been clamoring for March 7, which means primary election season will be over. All of us will breathe a sigh of relief.
Our election for state representative has gotten ugly, and since we took sides, it has been ugly for us, as well. But one thing we can’t stand is bullies, so we felt the need to speak up.
Empower Texans is a wealthy lobbying group made up of about six über-wealthy families. Using diversion, and sometimes downright dishonesty, they are trying to influence elections around the state. The end, meaning their candidate wins, justifies whatever awful means they employ.
They are currently under investigation for sending attack ad mailers that resemble government notices. An Empower Texans attorney was enlisted to harrass school districts around Texas and even an individual Fredericksburg Independent School District teacher for posts on social media.
Unfortunately, they have their claws in our current State Representative Kyle Biedermann. This group also has formed about five or six offshoots, all funded by the same wealthy families, with grass roots-sounding names: Texas Right to Life, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Texas Home School Coalition and Texas Public Policy Foundation.
We can handle our state rep disagreeing on issues. But we’re not going to sit by while outsiders dictate our district’s needs.
Let’s be clear: we don’t like having an adversarial relationship with our officials. We try to promote the betterment of our community. We all have invested substantial sums here and we need a strong voice in Austin.
Biedermann seems to pride himself on having joined a small group of pariahs in the legislature instead of working with everyone to better the Lone Star State.
Biedermann works with marketing groups who use the newspaper’s logo and twist our words, from the parks bond, to words and motives they tried to attribute to challenger Dave Campbell. It’s Washington-style politics here in Fredericksburg:
- The “polling calls” claiming to be taking polls, then ripping into the challenger;
- The fake or anonymous social media pages;
- The false allegations of voter fraud from more than a decade ago;
- And even the creation of a fake website for this newspaper — The Fredericksburg SUB-Standard — filled with sophomoric comments and profanities, including this graph: “Fredericksburg is already known as ‘a great place to get drunk that has a lot of old Germans who are stuck in their ways (not to mention lots of shops to buy cheap Chinese gifts at high prices).’”
Classy. These are examples of Biedermann’s “helpers.” Let’s all remember we are judged by the company we keep.
From now on, let’s remember that if a person has not tried to first make his community better at the local level, it should signal that the motive for going to Austin is ego or outside influence.
They say societies get the governments they deserve. Here is hoping District 73 thinks more of itself than letting an outside influence dictate who represents us in Austin.
Early voting ends Friday and Election Day is Tuesday, March 6. – K.E.C.