ICYMI: 2 New TX Runoff Ads – “Potentially Powerful Blow” on Phelan & VanDeaver “Riding the Gravy Train”

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Washington, D.C. – In case you missed it, Club for Growth Action released two new ads, Alicia and Gravy Train, targeting Speaker Dade Phelan and State Representative Gary VanDeaver in the Texas runoffs. The Dallas Express covered the latest ad on Speaker Phelan featuring Alicia Davis, a former primary candidate in TX-HD-21, and Texas Scorecard featured the new VanDeaver ad in an exclusive report.

Club for Growth Action and its affiliated School Freedom Fund invested nearly $4 million on the primaries ahead of the runoff and defeated 7 incumbents on election day and 5 went to a runoff. Club for Growth Action has also committed more than $4 million into the runoffs, targeting Texas HD-01, HD-21 HD-33, HD-44, and HD-58.

 

Click here to watch the full ad, Alicia, where Alicia Davis, a former primary candidate in TX-HD-21, accuses Phelan of having “sold his soul to become Speaker” and claims “the legislation that he is passing is benefitting his personal interests and his corporate donors’ personal interests.”

Click here to read the full coverage in The Dallas Express.

 

Click here to watch the full ad, Gravy Train, highlighting Gary VanDeaver’s role as a paid consultant for a lobbying firm which fought to block school freedom in Texas while simultaneously serving in the Texas State House.

Click here to read the full coverage from Texas Scorecard.

 

THE DALLAS EXPRESS EXCERPTS:

VIDEO: Phelan ‘Sold His Soul,’ Says Club for Growth Action

A new television ad from Club for Growth Action accuses the Texas House speaker of selling out as the HD-21 runoff reaches historic heights in fundraising.

The D.C.-based Club for Growth, the organization behind the super PAC, supports fiscally conservative economic policy and the expansion of school choice nationwide…

Club for Growth Action (CGA) was instrumental in the Texas Republican Primaries, donating nearly $4 million to candidates and incumbents supporting school choice. With five key races to be resolved via a runoff, the PAC pledged $4 million more to air TV and radio ads against “so-called ‘Republicans’ who opposed Gov. Abbott’s school freedom legislation,” a news release read. The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex was slated to get $2.1 million.

Many are predicting the Phelan-Covey race to be a close one. However, the release of the new CGA ad featuring Alicia Davis, a former primary opponent, accusing Phelan of having “sold his soul to become Speaker” is a potentially powerful blow.

“The legislation that he is passing is benefitting his personal interests and his corporate donors’ personal interests,” Davis suggests in the video spot. “His pockets are being lined. That’s the dirty stuff that we’re talking about.”

 

TEXAS SCORECARD EXCERPTS:

New Ad Calls Out Gary VanDeaver for ‘Cushy’ Consulting Gig with Lobbying Firm

Club for Growth Action is on track to spend another $4 million ahead of the runoff elections.

A new television ad from Club for Growth Action accuses one state lawmaker of riding the “gravy train” after it was revealed that he worked as a paid consultant for a lobbying firm.

Club for Growth (Action)’s ad connects that report with VanDeaver’s support for taxpayer-funded lobbying as well as his opposition to school choice:

Here’s the scheme: Austin lobbyists give Gary VanDeaver a cushy side gig as a consultant. VanDeaver votes to let local bureaucrats hire Austin lobbyists with taxpayer funds, lobbying VanDeaver to do the bureaucrats’ bidding and block education freedom.

VanDeaver blocks the bill, lobbyists stuff his pockets, and the gravy train rolls on for everyone but you until we stop it in its tracks and get VanDeaver off.

Club for Growth Action has been exceedingly active in Texas this election cycle. Their affiliated School Freedom Fund spent nearly $4 million during the primaries and is on track to spend another $4 million ahead of the runoff elections.

VanDeaver is facing a primary runoff election on May 28 against Chris Spencer.

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