The Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom isn't happy about what he had to endure in his recent election.
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler isn’t happy about what he had to endure in his recent election– and he’s apparently concerned his recent experience could become more the rule than the exception in Texas politics.
“There’s a problem when Scripture becomes a marketing tool” to get elected, said Mechler, a devout Christian, in an interview on Lubbock’s AM 580 West Texas Drive.
Never referring to Jared Woodfill by name, the chairman called his former opponent’s attack emails and mailers (which cited Scripture) slanderous.
“It’s being done in a lot of other campaigns too,” he noted.
Zooming out in his candid and unprompted critique, Mechler focused on the broader topic of dishonesty in campaigns, pointing out the potential corruption that could follow officials who are elected by such tactics.
“There ought to be more integrity in the things we say and the things we do as people… We certainly expect that kind of conduct from the Democrats, I do. But I don’t think it’s appropriate for Republicans to revert to ends-justify-the-means (campaigning),” Mechler said.
Then the chairman made his point perfectly clear:
“And for some reason when I talk to some of those people, they say, ‘Well, it’s just politics.’ But, you know, if you go back and look at the New Testament, it talks about how all of us will stand before God and answer for the things we say and the things we do. And there’s no asterisk in the New Testament that (when) you go to the bottom of the page, and it says ‘Except for politics.’ It doesn’t work that way. We will answer for everything.”
Apparently, those who practice such tactics within the Texas Republican Party going forward will increasingly answer to Mechler as well.
(Publisher’s Note: AMEN, Chairman Mechler.)
Jay Leeson is co-host of West Texas Drive, weekdays from 4:30-6:30pm on KRFE AM 580 – Lubbock. He is also the founder and publisher of MakeWestTexasGreatAgain.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jayleeson.