In Race for Seat on Texas' Oil and Gas Regulator, a Candidate Campaigns Against Abortion

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Wayne Christian for Railroad Commissioner
Wayne Christian is eying a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency charged with the twin tasks of regulating the oil and gas industry. So naturally, Christian is campaigning hard on his unwavering opposition to abortion.

Christian, a former state representative from East Texas, touts his pro-life bona fides in a recent campaign video.

"I have and will continue to fight for the rights of the unborn and for the basic right to life," he says, citing endorsements from pro-life groups like Texas Right to Life and the Texas Alliance for Life.

See also: Texas AG Candidate Barry Smitherman: End Abortion Now or Suffer Biblical Plagues

"I have consistently voted to protect unborn children and limit abortions in our state," he continues. "I worked to defund Planned Parenthood to the tune of over $60 million, and I proposed legislation to limit other revenue streams for abortions performed by Planned Parenthood and other organizations that exist solely to perpetuate this heinous practice. Thousands of lives have been saved, and thousands more depend on our continued action."

How exactly he will leverage his position as an oil-and-gas regulator to influence reproductive health issues he does not explain. Maybe something related to injection wells?

A spokesman for Christian's campaign told the Texas Tribune that, while it's true the Railroad Commission has nothing to do with abortion, one's stance on such a "moral issue" can give voters insight into a candidate's character and decision-making.

See also: Barry Smitherman's Stint on the Texas Railroad Commission Is a Magnificent Fundraising Tool

Then there's the fact that the man Christian is running to replace, Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, did the same thing, making outlandish pronouncements about abortion and gun control without putting a dent in his fundraising.


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hayleegill
hayleegill

Legal Abortion: the Sign of a Civilized Society

http://www.prochoiceactionnetwork-canada.org/civilize.html
Abstract: This paper outlines some of the harsh realities about the incidence and safety of legal versus illegal abortion in the modern world. Countries where abortion is legal are compared to countries where it is illegal to highlight the shocking injustice being done to women who do not have access to safe, legal abortion. That, and the tragedy of unwanted children, highlights the far-reaching health and social benefits of legalized abortion.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

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Wes_Scott
Wes_Scott

Wayne Christian's stance on abortion should indicate a willingness to stop all hydraulic fracturing based upon his own personal moral code. Fracking produced endocrine disruptors that harm male reproductivity and cause early childhood development problems as well as early infant death and chronic health problems for those babies that survive. If the man is true to his word about protecting the lives of innocent babies, then he will vow to use his power on the RCT to stop all fracking operations at once.

Cliffhanger
Cliffhanger

He'll see to it that no one can travel by train to an abortion clinic, dadgummit!

ruddski
ruddski

Invoking a right-to-life position in a state full of right-to-life-type voters is really going to piss off those who would never consider voting for him. Risky!

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

Let it be remembered that this is the same asshole that passed an exemption to the Open Beaches Act through the Lege so that he could rebuild his beach house on Point Bolivar after Hurricane Ike.

observist
observist topcommenter

"I will strenuously fight to remove the intrusive government regulations that prevent the unborn from making money in oil and gas."

John1073
John1073

These Tea idiots don't care about the office they're running for or you. George P(edro?) Bush is running for Land Commissioner and talks about schools. They don't have the first clue as to what these positions entail.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

you should correct your statement "the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency charged with the twin tasks of regulating the oil and gas industry" to the more accurate "the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency charged with the twin tasks of coddling and protecting the oil and gas industry

crimjunkie
crimjunkie

Further proof (as if any were necessary) that the Railroad Commission is but a gateway office.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@John1073The General Land Office, which is overseen by the Land Commissioner, controls the Permanent School Fund, which is an inexhaustible source of revenue for Texas public schools.  The Land Commissioner has the authority to invest in real estate using proceeds received from the sale of PSF lands and revenue from PSF mineral leases and royalties, and distributes income from those properties on an annual basis to Texas schools.

So yes--it's entirely appropriate for the Land Commissioner to be talking about education since the General Land Office provides significant funding to public schools.

leftocenter
leftocenter

@crimjunkie

I haven't seen your comments here before, but I'm not sure pointing out truths is a good start...

But seriously folks...nail hit on head...election for every Texas office has to pass the "Wendy" test...it's all a contest to see who is the MOST far-right republican...the anti-Wendy Davis.  This being a future Blue state, folks also have to realize that Texas' burgeoning Hispanic population is also a Catholic population, and also a pro-life sector. 

Those of us who want to see a Democrat (or Dems) in office are going to have to understand that pro-choice is probably not going to be the catalyst. 

John1073
John1073

Go watch your friend George Pedro's video on his website. Then get back to us.

Wes_Scott
Wes_Scott

@leftocenter Let us all remember that Wendy Davis is a strong proponent of gas drilling, and that her election in Texas will be proportional to Obama's national election in terms of having a favorable opinion of the oil and gas industry.

ruddski
ruddski

"Texas' burgeoning Hispanic population is also a Catholic population, and also a pro-life sector."

Latinos are the voting bloc most favorable to socialism, those who vote will vote for the money, not their morals.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@Wes_Scott @James_the_P3 Prescott was more of the go-fer to the international bankers for the Third reich.  The Bush's rode the Harriman coattails into the halls of power.

Wes_Scott
Wes_Scott

@James_the_P3 Yes, his middle name IS Prescott, and he was named after that famous NAZI sympathizer and international banker to the Third Reich Prescott Bush.

John1073
John1073

Honey badger don't care what Pedro thinks about education.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@John1073 What about it?  He has some ideas on education.  Do you think that the guy who holds the purse strings to the PSF wouldn't have some clout with the Education Agency?

And for the record, his middle name is "Prescott."  But you knew that already, didn't you?

leftocenter
leftocenter

To nudge you out of your narrow world understanding, In Latin America, Democratic Socialism is a frequently seen political affiliation.  Other cultures don't have the same knee-jerk negative reaction to the term Socialism and understand it's not Communism. 

Simply put, Socialism is not a dirty word in Latin America, and aspects of it are successful in what is a very different economic environment.  US-style capitalism doesn't work as well for smaller countries with limited natural resources.  A blend of economic features is often a better fit.

ruddski
ruddski

Wow, you caught an error all by yourself. Yes, Latinos are second to blacks, and they have a 5-percent spread - so it's almost tied. BUT, in accusing blacks as you have, you've revealed your racism. Have a good day!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski 

thanks for providing a link that refutes your comment. it says the group with the highest positive view of socialism is held by blacks. according to the link you posted, more hispanics in the survey have a negative view of socialism than those who have a positive view of socialism.

well done! please continue to with the good work.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski 

still nothing to support the story you made up trying to justify your dislike for latinos?

tsk tsk, not very surprising.

ruddski
ruddski

When you call a contention an "accusation", you blow the cover. LOL.

ruddski
ruddski

accusations of racilal hatred by someone provably ignorant of the facts is tacky, Google " Why the current GOP can't win Latinos" on Daily Kos.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski

Why do socialistd considrer "socialist" as an insult?

idk, why don't you ask the socialist you know who considers it an insult to tell you? that way we can all know why this person considers it an insult.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski 

oh, so you can't provide any facts to support your remark?

the Pew survey you may be referencing discussed "government services", which anyone who has knowledge of politics knows is not the same as "socialism".

not very surprising that within your dislike for latinos you would resort to baseless accusations.

ruddski
ruddski

Why do socialistd considrer "socialist" as an insult?

ruddski
ruddski

'm not stating dislike, I'm stating facts that you apparently dislike. Latinos are also the bloc with the most negative view of capitalism. This is from several polls/srtdies over the years, try googling "pew latinos sociallism", you'll find it.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ruddski 

in stating your dislike for the latinos you are prone to accusing them of preferring a socialist economy over a capitalist economy. do you have any facts to back this assertion?

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