Today, Frank Leffingwell attacked several highly respected Williamson County Republican Elected Officials, smashing the Reagan 11th commandment in the process. In an email blast sent by Leffingwell, he said his opponent: “is frighteningly unqualified but desperately wants the job to move up the political food chain.” He went on to again falsely attack Gravell about Senate Bill 2, except this time, invoking our great state Senator from Williamson County.
During the last session of the Texas Legislature, Bill Gravell joined liberal organizations and anti-taxpayer groups to oppose Senate Bill 2, a bill co-authored by our own state senator, Charles Schwertner.
What Leffingwell again failed to be truthful about, he himself opposed Senate Bill 2. What he also fails to mention, Gravell never opposed Senate Bill 2 penned by Senator Schwertner. Gravell opposed an early draft from the House and shortly thereafter rescinded the opposition. Leffingwell in fact amped up his opposition to the actual bill authored by Senator Schwertner with the resolution he seconded and voted to approve.
Leffingwell also continued his misrepresentation about Gravell opposing border security. No need in covering that again since Leffingwell’s assertions were completely dispelled in our last story.
Then came the most damning statement from Leffingwell. He attacked Sheriff Robert Chody, District Attorney Shawn Dick, County Attorney Dee Hobbs, Pct. 1 Constable Vinnie Cherrone, Pct. 3 Constable Kevin Stofle and Pct. 4 Constable Marty Ruble, all of which support and endorse Gravell.
Have you noticed that my opponent’s biggest endorsements are from county department heads whose budgets are set by the county judge and commissioners court?
(For clarification, they are elected officials, not “county department heads”.)
Leffingwell goes on to accuse Gravell of making “expensive promises” to the budgets of the sheriff and other departments.
One person close to the situation stated: “If calling them “cronies” wasn’t bad enough, Leffingwell now calls their integrity and ethics in to question, essentially accusing them of bribery by selling their endorsement for ”promises” of a bigger budget? Is he (Leffingwell) also saying Gravell bribed the highly respected and beloved former Williamson County Sheriff Ed Richards for his endorsement? The Georgetown Police Officer’s Association? Granger Police Chief Bob Shelton? Florence Police Chief Adam Marsh? Georgetown Police Officers Association? Hutto Firefighters Association? Liberty Hill Police Officers Association? Taylor Firefighters Association? Taylor Police Officers Association? Leander Firefighter’s Association? This is despicable. Gutter politics doesn’t even begin to describe this behavior. Then again he said on the radio this morning he doesn’t even know the Sheriff, but I do, and questioning his integrity makes me sick!”
In fact, every Public Safety/First Responder organization and every elected or appointed Law Enforcement official in Williamson County endorsing in this race has endorsed Gravell.
Just last week Leffingwell sat on a stage in front of 300 Sun City Republicans and promised to abide by the Reagan 11th commandment. But as we have seen this entire campaign, he never has. After many calls for him to stop the attacks, Leffingwell has only doubled down and has yet again attacked an elected Republican Sheriff, an elected Republican District Attorney, an elected Republican County Attorney and three elected Republican Constables.
Many are now saying this is just another example of Frank Leffingwell’s inability to be an effective leader, and more importantly, his incapability to tell the truth.
A quick reminder for Mr. Leffingwell, Rule 8.02. Judicial and Legal Officials (a) A lawyer shall not make a statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the qualifications or integrity of a judge, adjudicatory official or public legal officer, or of a candidate for election or appointment to judicial or legal office.
“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.” – Albert Einstein.