2:29 pm CST - September 02, 2010
Posted under On The Record
Republican Chairman Munisteri to GOP Candidates: Seek Neutral Debate Sponsors
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “In Austin, the League of Women Voters should really be called the ‘League of Women Democrats,’” said Steve Munisteri, Republican Party of Texas Chairman in urging his party’s nominees for State Board of Education (SBOE) in Districts 5 & 10 to not accept invitations to debate from the Austin Chapter of the League of Women Voters.
The Austin Chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) has long & well-established ties to Democrat candidates in these races, financially supporting the Democratic Party and its candidates said Munisteri, citing the organization’s leadership ties to the Democratic Party.
“Their elected officers and debate committee members have voted in multiple Democrat primaries and have donated thousands of dollars to Democratic Party committees and their candidates, including to the two Democrat candidates in these contests,” Munisteri said.
“How can the Austin Chapter of the LWV claim to be non-partisan when there are no Republicans among their elected officers or on their debate committee?” Munisteri stated, “There are over 475,000 women living in Travis County and yet they cannot find a single Republican woman to be involved with their organization or with this process?”
“I’ve been involved in Texas politics for over 30 years and I’ve seen the political process stacked at times, but this is ridiculous. What makes this so disingenuous is that it’s being done under the banner of a supposedly nonpartisan group. But there’s nothing non-partisan about the people organizing this proposed debate,” he said.
“For these reasons, I am urging Ken Mercer, State Board of Education Member, District 5 and Dr. Marsha Farney, Republican nominee for State Board of Education, District 10, to seek an alternative debate sponsor whose political credentials will assure voters that the debate and the debate sponsor are fair, impartial and nonpartisan,” Munisteri stated.
“I respect the LWV’s right to participate in the political process, but their liberal views and the ties of their leadership to the Democratic Party and Democrat candidates make them unsuitable and unqualified to serve as a neutral, non-partisan debate sponsor,” Munisteri said.
Below is a summary of the vote history of the elected officers and debate committee of the Austin Chapter of the League of Women Voters presented by Munisteri, showing ties to the Democrat Party and Democrat candidates:
Name LWV Position 2010 2008 2006 2004
Primary Primary Primary Primary
Frances McIntyre President D D D D
Carolyn Baker Community Relations D D none D