Against all the advice of multiple Tea Party groups, Michael Quinn Sullivan of Texans For Fiscal Responsibility (TFR) inexplicably endorsed my opponent, Greg Bonnen, who has never demonstrated any fiscal restraint at all. Having already spent an outrageous $300-400,000 to buy this primary, Bonnen is NO FISCAL CONSERVATIVE by any stretch of the imagination.
Now Sullivan is upset about "desperate consultant fraud" by the very "hardball" gang of consultants that Bonnen hired in March to buy this election. The irony is that Sullivan tries to cover for his endorsee by claiming Bonnen is a victim and "unaware" of his consultants' dirty tricks:
The consulting firm of Murphy-Turner is already recognized as a bad-actor in the world of conservative and Republican politics. They were the recruiting arm in the effort to unseat conservative legislators like Jim Landtroop, Wayne Christian and James White. They represent Straus committee chairman Mike Hamilton and Charlie Geren.
Murphy Turner is apparently no stranger to using misdirection – even deceit – to further the interests of their clients… and even to their clients’ detriment.
In Galveston, a political action committee was attacking the opponent of Greg Bonnen, a Murphy-Turner client. The Galveston Daily News asked both Bonnen and the consulting firm if they were behind the attacks. Both replied no. The Murphy-Turner consultant was then pressed by the newspaper, and she doubled-down on the deceit – saying the PAC had no relationship with the consultants.
Investigation by the paper, however, revealed the PAC is handled by none other than… Holly Turner. Now the credibility of Dr. Bonnen – who we endorsed – is possibly tarnished thanks to the win-at-all-costs deceitfulness of the Murphy-Turner campaign consultancy.
Adding little more background: Murphy-Turner was also under investigation in Tarrant County for their role back in 2010 creating what appeard to be a fake law enforcement PAC handing out endorsements to Murphy-Turner clients.
House Speaker Joe Straus and his allies seem to have surrounded themselves with thuggish consultants who use manipulation and deceit as campaign tools as readily as yard signs and brochures.
While we don’t base our endorsements on what consultants candidates use, it seems candidates and incumbents using Murphy-Turner should be carefully examined. One bad choice leads to more.
Bad company corrupts good character. It is becoming abundantly clear that the consultancy group operated by Chris Turner and his partner, Craig Murphy, are among the worst kind of company Texas conservatives can keep.
Sullivan, here's a clue for you: Bonnen has paid Murphy-Turner $85,000 since March. HE KNOWS WHAT THEY ARE UP TO!!!
That is what you endorsed, Michael Quinn Sullivan. And that is what happens when you compromise your principles and climb into bed with the Big Money Players. You compromised - and now you're paying.