Ninety-Six Texas County Sheriffs Endorse Ted Cruz

Press Releases|10.1.18

Sign Letter Condemning O’Rourke’s Rhetoric Against Law Enforcement

HOUSTON, Texas– Ninety-six Texas County Sheriffs today released a letter endorsing Sen. Ted Cruz for re-election and condemning Congressman O’Rourke’s divisive rhetoric that pits law enforcement officers against the communities they seek to serve.

“As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the Texas communities where we live, work and raise our families,” the sheriffs write. “We know first-hand that being in law enforcement is more challenging in today’s times than at almost any point in history. And sadly, Beto O’Rourke has gone even further than the all-too-familiar rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.”

The letter continues, “As experienced law enforcement professionals, we believe that nothing is more important than to serve and protect the communities we live in. Ted Cruz understands this – and he is the right choice for our law enforcement community, and we believe, for Texans at large.”

The full letter may be viewed here and below, and has been signed by the following county sheriffs:

Sheriff Greg Taylor, Anderson County

Sheriff Gregory A. Sanches, Angelina County

Sheriff William A. Mills, Aransas County

Sheriff Staci Williams Beesinger, Archer County

Sheriff Fleta Barnett, Armstrong County

Sheriff David A. Soward, Atascosa County

Sheriff Richard Wills, Bailey County

Sheriff Daniel Raymond Butts, Bandera County

Sheriff Don Jackson, Blanco County

Sheriff Benny Ray Allison, Borden County

Sheriff Charles S. Wagner, Brazoria County

Sheriff Brian C. Hawthorne, Chambers County

Sheriff Mike Pigg, Childress County

Sheriff K. R. “Kenny” Lemons, Jr, Clay County

Sheriff Terry Gilbert, Cooke County

Sheriff Scott A. Williams, Coryell County

Sheriff Shane C. Stevenson, Dallam County

Sheriff J Dale Butler, Jr, Deaf Smith County

Sheriff Ricky Smith, Delta County

Sheriff Tracy Murphree, Denton County

Sheriff Carl R. Bowen, DeWitt County

Sheriff Robert Wayne Bradford, Eastland County

Sheriff Michael W. Griffis, Ector County

Sheriff Ricky Scaman, Falls County

Sheriff Troy E. Nehls, Fort Bend County

Sheriff Ricky S. Jones, Franklin County

Sheriff Henry Trochesset, Galveston County

Sheriff Terry L. Morgan, Garza County

Sheriff Buddy Mills, Gillespie County

Sheriff Kirby Brumby, Goliad County

Sheriff Matthew J. Atkinson, Gonzales County

Sheriff Thomas E. Watt, Grayson County

Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, Gregg County

Sheriff Donald G, Sowell, Grimes County

Sheriff Arnold S. Zwicke, Guadalupe County

Sheriff Timothy J. Glass, Hansford County

Sheriff William T. McCool, Harrison County

Sheriff Botie Hillhouse, Henderson County

Sheriff Rodney B. Watson, Hill County

Sheriff Roger Deeds, Hood County

Sheriff Stan Parker, Howard County

Sheriff Arvin West, Hudspeth County

Sheriff Randy Meeks, Hunt County

Sheriff Kirk Coker, Hutchinson County

Sheriff Thomas Spurlock, Jack County

Sheriff A. J. “Andy” Louderback, Jackson County

Sheriff Bryan W. Beavers, Kaufman County

Sheriff Al Auxier, Kendall County

Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer, Kerr County

Sheriff Hilario Cantu, Kimble County

Sheriff Scott C. Cass, Lamar County

Sheriff Micah C. Harmon, Lavaca County

Sheriff Kenneth M. Eggleston, Lipscomb County

Sheriff Larry R. Busby, Live Oak County

Sheriff Brad Ingram, Martin County

Sheriff Buster Nixon, Mason County

Sheriff Frank Skipper Osborne, Matagorda County

Sheriff John L. Dagen, McCulloch County

Sheriff Chris White, Milam County

Sheriff Clint Royce Hammonds, Mills County

Sheriff Patrick Toombs, Mitchell County

Sheriff Marshall W. Thomas, Montague County

Sheriff Rand Henderson, Montgomery County

Sheriff J E “Bo” DeArmond, Moore County

Sheriff Jason Bridges, Nacogdoches County

Sheriff Billy E. Rowles, Newton County

Sheriff David Warren, Nolan County

Sheriff Brent Warden, Oldham County

Sheriff Brett McGuire, Palo Pinto County

Sheriff Brian Thomas, Potter County

Sheriff Danny C. Dominguez, Presidio County

Sheriff Joel W. Richardson, Randall County

Sheriff Nathan T. Johnson, Real County

Sheriff Raul “Pinky” Gonzales, Refugio County

Sheriff Gerald Yezak, Robertson County

Sheriff Carl L. Squyres, Runnels County

Sheriff Greg Capers, San Jacinto County

Sheriff Charles Leroy Moody, San Patricio County

Sheriff Matt Boswell, San Saba County

Sheriff David R. Doran, Schleicher County

Sheriff James P. Wilson, Ill, Scurry County

Sheriff Will Holt, Stephens County

Sheriff Tim A. Sanders, Sterling County

Sheriff Oscar G. Chavez, Sutton County

Sheriff Keith Hughes, Terrell County

Sheriff Larry Gilbreath, Terry County

Sheriff J. K. “Doc” Wigington, Throckmorton County

Sheriff David Jones, Tom Green County

Sheriff T Michael O’Connor, Victoria County

Sheriff R. Glenn Smith, Waller County

Sheriff Otto H. Hanak, Washington County

Sheriff Shannon Srubar, Wharton County

Sheriff Wes Crites, Wheeler County

Sheriff James D. Mitchell, Winkler County

Sheriff Lane Akin, Wise County

Sheriff David Bryant, Yoakum County

 

To the People of Texas,

We write to express our grave reservations regarding Congressman and current U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke recently made disparaging and offensive comments against the brave men and women who comprise Texas’ law enforcement community, and his voting record as a U.S. Representative is equally as troubling to those of us who protect and serve every day.

As law enforcement officers, we put our lives on the line each day to protect and serve the Texas communities where we live, work and raise our families.  We know first hand that being in law enforcement is more challenging in today’s times than at almost any point in history. And sadly, Beto O’Rourke has gone even further than the all-too-familiar rhetoric that inflames anger towards peace officers.

He most recently made comments suggesting that the system our officers abide by is “the new Jim Crow,” and that we have an ingrained and systematic practice of targeting and suspecting persons based on the color of their skin. This is O’Rourke’s full comment:

“That system of suspecting somebody solely based on the color of their skin, searching that person solely based on the color of their skin, stopping that person solely based on the color of their skin, shooting that person solely based on the color of their skin, throwing the book at that person and letting them rot behind bars solely based on the color of their skin.  It is why some have called this–I think it is an apt description–the new Jim Crow.”

That is disgusting, offensive and entirely unacceptable for anyone who wants to represent each of us, and our fellow 28 million Texans.

These harmful comments also make it much more difficult for us to maintain the public’s trust and to safely and effectively carry out our duty.

As if these terrible statements were not enough, Beto O’Rourke has also taken votes against law enforcement – he voted against legislation that would have stopped President Obama from ignoring federal laws on criminal justice and immigration. He also inexplicably voted in favor of a bill that would have prevented federal funding to provide law enforcement with over $9 million in life-saving equipment.

In sharp contrast, Ted Cruz has stood up for our peace officers as our United States Senator. As experienced law enforcement professionals, we believe that nothing is more important than to serve and protect the communities we live in. Ted Cruz understands this – and he is the right choice for our law enforcement community, and we believe, for Texans at large.

We are urging all Texans to stand up for law enforcement and vote for Ted Cruz on November 6.

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