I want you to meet Wichita County, Texas, county commissioner, Republican Jeff Watts.
Jeff is a Christian conservative, which is only provable because he says he is.
Ole Jeff says some brilliant things like …
While not typically within the purview of a County Commissioner, I believe that every elected official must do all that they can to help solve our current water crisis. Without water, industries leave, citizens relocate, and our County literally dries up.
Literally? That’s amazing, Jeff.
So, now he’s got his panties all bunched up because his Democratic opponent, Catie Robinson, filed a request with the Texas Ethics Commission last month for an advisory opinion on allowing all Texas candidates to use campaign funds for child care expenses. This is Catie and her family.
Texas candidates are currently restricted from using political donations for personal purposes, but the commission can provide guidance through an advisory opinion.
“A political campaign is a full time job, and one that is unpaid,” Robinson said.
Robinson was a stay-at-home mother with two girls. She began incurring child care expenses while campaigning so she started working as a barista at Starbucks.
I have known my own county commissioners to spend campaign funds on “campaign clothes,” a “campaign pick up truck,” baseball and rodeo tickets, and a “hunting trip to entertain donors.”
This Ethics Opinion will reverberate across the state, so Catie added …
“It’s not a question of being able to personally afford childcare,” she said. “If the cost is directly related to the campaign, then campaign funds should be allowed to be used.”
Robinson said, “I really believe that this might be the deciding factor for lots of other Texans out there who may be on the fence about running for office, so I am really happy to be a part of it.”
Anyway, Christian Jeff is opposed to it. I suspect he’s also opposed to women running for political office. Or, you know, being sassy and such.