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Editorial: We recommend Mabrie Jackson in House runoff
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The Dallas Morning News Editorial Board
The Republican runoff campaign for the Texas House from West Plano has been a contest over who has the more legitimate claim to the term conservative.
Both Mabrie Jackson and Van Taylor have signed the nationally known "taxpayer protection pledge" against new taxes and posted it on their Web sites. (Taylor touts the fact that he signed his first, on Nov. 19, as his first act as a candidate.)
As for guiding principles, Jackson, 45, vows to "keep the government out of my pocketbook and out of my house" if elected from the House District 66.
Taylor, 37, maintains that he is the sole "really, truly, deeply convicted conservative" of the two and that his "singular goal" would be that kind of representation.
If conservative-minded Republicans need a tiebreaker between the two for the April 13 runoff, it won't be a weak résumé for either. Taylor, for example, is an Iraq war veteran with a career in real estate finance and banking.
What voters won't find among Taylor's credentials are two important things Jackson can claim: deep roots in Plano and a long record of public service to the community, both as an officeholder and civic leader. With a record as a former Plano City Council member, Jackson was the top vote-getter at the ballot box March 2, with 41 percent of the primary tally, compared with 33 percent for Taylor. (Candidate Wayne Richard ran third.)
Another tiebreaker is Jackson's solutions-oriented approach to governing and the priorities she has set, including economic development, public education and keeping up with growth through forward-looking transportation and water policies. The state also must do better fighting child abuse, she says.
Jackson, formerly in marketing for EDS and a manager for Microsoft, has lived in Plano since grade school in 1970. Taylor moved to the district after losing a race for Congress from Central Texas in 2006.
One recent comment by Taylor might give voters yet another tiebreaker: He told this newspaper that he would "starve state government."
That's a handy catchphrase, but it says nothing constructive about how to educate children, pave roads or boost the business climate.
The winner of the runoff has no Democratic opponent in November.
Now Van's conducting borderline illegal but most certainly ethically questionable push polling. I get an anti-Mabrie mailer every day. He's got no track record, so he's in full attack mode.
I guess if your only experience is spending millions to try to buy elections, you start comparing endorsements from the Texas State Teachers' Association and the Parent PAC to being an Obama supporter.
I prefer Mabrie's conservative AND Republican values over Van's liberal spending and misleading campaign tactics.
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