Last week, the District Attorney and County Attorney both took to social media denouncing a press release from Frank Leffingwell. In the press release, Leffingwell personally attacked the County Attorney, District Attorney, Sheriff and anyone else who supports Judge Bill Gravell. Today, Sheriff Robert Chody weighed in on the matter.
“I assure you if a candidate I supported called fellow current elected officials names that I would publicly denounce the name-calling. Considering I was one of those called a name by a candidate running for county Judge (and it wasn’t Bill Gravell) I find it concerning that many are standing on the sidelines being silent on the matter. Silence is the same as endorsing this type of political rhetoric. So if you are a public office holder supporting this candidate or person supporting consider denouncing the name calling. Support who you will. #ThisSheriffIsNoCronie”
Leffingwell also personally attacked Gravell in his press release stating Gravell was nothing more than a “youth pastor-turned-professional-politician and a showman”. In the same press release, Leffingwell also attacked Gravell’s supporters calling them “court house cronies”. Since then, many have used the hashtag #Cronies to express their support of Gravell. One local company created a tumbler with Gravell’s logo on one side and the hashtag “#Cronies” on the other. They also posted a video in support of Gravell. (below)
Now, former commissioner Lisa Birkman is launching her own attacks against Gravell. First she conducted a stealth open records request on Gravell, and oddly enough, received the same information Leffingwell cited in his attack press release a few weeks later. This has left many to ask if the information Leffingwell cited was provided directly by Birkman: information that has since been proven to be false and misleading.
If that wasn’t enough, according to sources, Birkman has submitted yet another open records request against Gravell. Many are calling her “opposition research” nothing more than a “political fishing expedition” that will do nothing more than cost taxpayers even more money to fulfill.
Strangely enough, Birkman sent an email this morning urging everyone to follow the “Reagan 11th commandment” and not attack other Republicans. But just an hour later, Birkman sent out an email attacking Gravell. Even more hypocritical, Birkman wrote an op-ed piece for the Wilco Sun a few months ago denouncing “bullies” in politics and “negative campaigns”, the same behavior she now practices.
Given Birkman’s outward support of Leffingwell and her attacks again Gravell, many are now very concerned she is using her position as Vice President in the Georgetown Area Republican Women’s group to manipulate an upcoming debate of candidates. Several have expressed their concern of her involvement in coordinating these debates and have stated if she has the debate questions prior, it’s not very difficult to see the writing on the wall.
In all, it’s clear based on the below screen shots; the Sheriff, District Attorney, County Attorney and many others are outraged.
One person commented on Chody’s post saying, “The wife of said candidate attacked me a few weeks ago for being a Gravell supporter…”
Another stated, “She told me this wouldnt be Leffingwells full time job. Im not sure what he is running for.”
Another stated, “I was really hoping this would be let’s run on the issues election, well that certainly did not happen. Mr. Leffingwell this is not a part time job, so you might be in the wrong race.”
And finally, one commented, “There’s a good reason why some people resort to name-calling or mud-slinging instead of focusing on the issues.”
Leffingwell has doubled down on his attacks, now personally running paid ads on facebook attacking Gravell. And oddly, in his ads, Leffingwell states he is “not a politician, but a problem solver”. In the words of one “court house crony”, “Leffingwell is an elected politician from Round Rock. He is trying to paint himself as a ‘businessman” and not a politician to hide from his liberal record AS a politician. And if his idea of ‘solving problems’ is to raise taxes every single year and attack anyone and everyone who has a differing opinion than he does, heaven help us. His attacks are an embarrassment to the Republican Party.” When asked about Lisa Birkman’s involvement, this person stated: “No comment. I refuse to make the irrelevant relevant.”
It looks like we are in for a long 60 days of Leffingwell and his surrogates stooping to gutter based politics filled with wild accusations and blatantly false and vicious attacks. Mr. Leffingwell doesn’t think the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct – State Bar of Texas rules apply to him. According to sources, he may soon find out differently.