Friday, July 28, 2006
"They don't think your votes count."
The Corsicana Daily Sun, on last Wednesday afternoon's Courthouse Tourstop:
"They don't think your votes count," Van Os challenged the group as he began his attack on incumbent Greg Abbott, who he hopes to unseat in November. "They think that re-election is a done deal."
"I wrote a letter to Greg Abbott and invited him to meet me on this tour of Texas," Van Os said. "But he's a part of the Rick Perry team of arrogance."
Van Os echoed a familiar theme in this year's campaigns -- an attack on the Trans-Texas Corridor project proposed by Governor Perry.
"They have already decided what to do. It was done in secrecy," Van Os claimed, saying that according to the Texas Constitution, the attorney general has an obligation to block it and hasn't done so.
Van Os clearly voiced his dislike of the current administration in Austin, blaming the Perry administration for everything from gas prices to school finance to health care.
"In the mid-90's, it looked like we were in for good times,” Van Os said, "then a bunch of silk-tied gangsters stole the election in 2000 and turned into a bunch of power brokers ... then left the junior gangsters in charge in Austin."
Van Os displayed a poster he is distributing on his campaign targeting "the big oil companies" he says are to blame for oil and gas prices.
"The price of gas is not a laughing matter. People are struggling like dogs to make paychecks to afford $3 a gallon gas. There is no worse 'catch 22' -- you can't afford the gas to go to work, and you can't afford not to go," Van Os said.
"I'm giving notice to big oil ... I'm coming after you, and I mean it. What they are doing to us is a crime, a sin and a travesty," Van Os added.
Van Os also touched on other political hot topics such as utility rates, health and homeowners insurance premiums, and how the cost of essential services affects not only consumers, but business and government as well, all translating into higher costs to Texans.
"Nobody is minding the store for Texans. Our message to them is those that haven't been doing their jobs need to be fired," Van Os said, urging Democratic supporters to reach out to Republican neighbors to share his message.
posted by PDiddie at 4:43 AM
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